No, not the academic kind. The kind that goes: small, medium, medium large and large. That’s what recently came from the kiln; a graduated set of shino glazed jars that was inspired by a customer. Some of the best ideas come by way of people asking if I ever thought of this, or that. Trust me, “this and that” are too often just floating around my brain and it takes the “butterfly net” of a comment by the customer to help me catch it. That’s when “this and that” becomes This. Does this make sense? Anyway,
Another piece I really liked from this kiln was a sweet berry bowl. No, I don’t mean for sweet berries, I mean , a SWEET berry bowl. The way this copper ash glaze ran and moved was magnificent. I thought it might run back in to the holes, but it followed these beautiful paths that really gives the piece organic movement. That’s what is so great about doing art/studio pottery. The surprises that come from the kiln make every kiln a joy to open. So, I guess “This” is what makes “That” the best job in the whole world. And that does make sense!