|The family farm|
|What a great truck|
|Stirfry with tofu dinner served in one of my low bowls|
|I love it when the poppies start coming out:)|
Also, some thoughts about perfect/imperfections etc. I do love the 'hand of the artist', ie the hand-made look being present in work, whether it be obvious or not. A lot of my work has 'imperfections' that I see as unintended accidents that happened along the way. Some of it is part of the way the work is made and as that, I'm quite comfortable having these 'imperfections' be part of the integrity of the work. Some things- such as the small pinholes or the glaze looking mottled, are things that I want to avoid. And while some things are super small and barely noticeable, I feel as though I want to send my best work out there, put my best foot forward, and not my almost best. Since a lot of these vases are heading to retail places or being sold online, I think people have come to expect a certain level of perfection when purchasing an item in those places as opposed from me in my studio.
A couple of years ago I overheard a comment about my work that made me laugh, be kind of angry, and at the same time, recognize something in my work that I was missing out on. It happened during an open studio event that happens each November- someone was coming out of my studio while I was heading towards the door and said "I think 'so-and-so' would really like that work, except perhaps it looks a little too handmade." Sometimes I feel like my work really straddles the line between looking handmade and manufactured. Partly because of my process of cutting out shapes that can be repeated it can be hard for some to know the difference between them being all glazed or having decals as the decoration. A lot of my early inspiration came not only from abstract paintings I had done, but also from mid-century scandinavian ceramics- which was manufactured. And since I'm slip-casting some of my work now, it looks even less hand-made then my wheel-thrown work. All that said, the work sits somewhere in the middle for people- sort of handmade, sort of design-based, and for now I'm ok with that. Some day perhaps I'll embrace one over the other, but for now I'm making what feels right for me and I'm so glad that people are loving it!