**ALTERING POTS ON THE WHEEL: FLUID, FLOWING, FLIRTATIOUS, FLOURISHING, FUN, FAST AND FIGURATIVE

Recently I’ve been “seeing” the figures in my pots in ways that I hadn’t previously noticed.  The gesture, stance, posture of these pots have led me to be more intentional about alterations that suggest more-figurative works….some of them gender specific.
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The Singing Sisters in Holiday Regalia
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His and hers mugs
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Many of the newest works are not really explicity figurative — they just reference stance and posture.  Many, because of their alterations suggest dance/movement/direction.
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But occasionally I do return to forms that are mores explicitly gender specific, as with these flattened bottles standing on their “tango skirts”:
DSCF3625 tango dancers flattened bottles
This led me to make some extruded vases (not wheel work, obviously).  I was returning to a way of making that I began many years ago.  But with these “fresh eyes” of mine (read that  however you want….  ;-), I began seeing figures in these as well.
They are not meant to be phallic, but rather to the stance, posture, leaning, bending…..all the contortions that our bodies are capable of:
vase extruded figurative with veg DSC_1394
vases extruded figurative DSCF3586
But this “vamp” in the middle of these next three had me anthropomorphizing them again:
vases extruded figurative DSCF3588And then more explicitly gender references returned:
vases extruede figurative  DSCF3591
None of this is meant to be erotic.  They are the clay equivalents of a figure-drawing class.  It has simply been an exercise of seeing the figure in many of the forms that I have already been making — then pushing them a big more toward the explicitly figurative.
I’ll be teaching a workshop by the above named title** at the Little Pottery Shop on May 17 – 19, 2013 in Frederick MD.  If you are interested in joining in the fun, contact Stephanie Wilhelm at smwceramica@gmail.com  or Tammy Martinez at tmpottery@aol.com.  The workshop will include “how to” instruction and time to try out some new alteration methods and make your own works.  The figurative pots will be part of it, as well as many other wheel-alteration approaches.  Join us if you can.
At the workshop I will also be demonstrating a large variety of wheel-alteration approaches which create pots like this:
stamped rims
bowl rim treatment
textured and stretched bodies
DSC_1608 MIZUSASHI 2 JACKIE
stamped espresso bean espresso cup
espresso bean espresso cup DSC_1304
stamped hosta cup
DSC_1173   web
stamped wildflower cup
DSC_1149   web
stamped sumac texture
stamped surface DSC_1381
stamped fish texture
DSC_1155   web
facetted teapot
DSC_0988   web
altered and stretched
DSC_1277   web
laterally facetted
DSC_1206   web
laterally facetted
DSC_1199   web
lobed
DSC_1280   web
laterally double-facetted
v lateral double facetted cups DSC_1397
double-facetted
DSC_3372   WEB
facetted bowl
DSC_3588   web
facetetd bowl
DSC_2976   web
double-facetted cup
DSC_3504   web
altered figurative cup on trifoil foot
DSC_2290     web
lobed and pushed with dancing foot
DSC_2300     web
rope textured and lobed
DSC_2310     web
double-facetted
DSC_2315     web
altered cup with trifoil foot
DSC_2320     web
altered cup with dancing foot
DSC_2340     web
double-facetted cup
DSC_2355     web
facetted cup
DSC_2360     web
altered cup standing on glaze drip
DSC_2386     web
ribbed and lobed cup standing on dancing foot with glaze drip
DSC_2411     web
double-facetted cup with glaze pool foot
DSC_2396     webDSC_2421     web
ribbed, lobed, with push-outs
DSC_2426     web
push-outs and lobed on dancing foot
DSC_2438     web
double facetted
DSC_2456     web
textured, pushed, and lobed
DSC_3572   web
ribbed, pushed and lobed
DSC_3801   web
textured, pushed and lobed
DSC_2786   web
altered vase
DSC_3716   WEB
four-sided vase
vase wood-fire DSC_3274
textured with spiral lobing
DSC_3739   web
ribbed and lobed
DSC_3768   web
flattened bottle
DSC_3876   WEB
flattened bottle
DSC_4030   web
squared vase with dancing rim
DSC_3804   web
squared pouring piece
DSC_3753   web
altered bowl
DSC_3868   WEB
altered bowl
DSC_2120 web
rope-textured, pushed and lobed
DSC_3994   web
pushed and stretched
DSC_0840  VASES
rope textured
DSC_0846 ROPE TEXTURED TEA BOWL
stamped coffee bean “tea/coffee” bowl
DSC_0851 COFFEE-CEREMONY-BOWL
altered mug
DSC_2921   web
altered mug
DSC_2939   web
facetted vase
DSC_3061   web
facetted vase
DSC_2898   web
figurative vase
NCECA  proposal C. Hart. DSC_0835
squared teapot
DSC_0968   web
squared vase
DSC_2857   web
squared vase
DSC_2868   web
squared baker made on wheel
DSC_1272 WHEEL THROWN SQUARE BAKING DISH
So if learning some of these alteration methods interests you, contact Stephanie or Tammy at the email addresses listed above……OR BE IN CONTACT WITH ME TO SPONSOR  A WORKSHOP IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Until next time.
Dick

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Potter, writer, educator. Available for offering pottery teaching workshops. Available for curating exhibitions.
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2 Responses to **ALTERING POTS ON THE WHEEL: FLUID, FLOWING, FLIRTATIOUS, FLOURISHING, FUN, FAST AND FIGURATIVE

  1. Pingback: Clay Blog Review - February 2013 | Pottery Making Blog

  2. Your work is as delightful and beautiful as ever. Where are the prices found?

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