On Inspiration

Inspiration is literally pouring out of everything that we can see, feel and sense. As long as we can get out of our own way, its there. You can spin around blindfolded and pluck it from the very air around you. Striking Therefore its important to let the muse come and greet her as if she was lifelong friend, entertain her and collaborate and then let her go as she pleases. She doesn’t stay forever and that is O.K. really. It’s all part of the creative process. If we can’t see the connections between things then that is of our own doing. EVERYTHING is connected to EVERYTHING else. There is no doubt in my mind as of late. Everything in nature is connected. The symbol below, the eternal knot, is an auspicious symbol in Tibetan Buddhism and represents the interconnectedness of all things, and houses other symbolism as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_knot

The divine and the earthly are connected as well. I find it interesting and inspiring that the symbolism of the Torii gate represents the transition from the profane to the sacred. We each have our own gate to go through so that we can manifest and create without hindrance. Easier said than done, but practice helps I think. Happy creating everyone!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torii

Memorial day firing

Had a great time glazing and firing some greenware with some new glazes and found probably one of my most favorite – temmoku! Oh it breaks just so perfectly and no pinholes on the white body. On red it is black with a complex mix of matte and shiny black spots. Just beautiful.

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I tried some iron oxide colorant but that is finicky for me at least with the clay body I am currently using. A thick mix of iron oxide in a spray bottle seems to show some promise as long as you don’t let it run. The key is to get the droplets but not let them collect and pool. I think that a very thick application for drawing or accenting certain parts of the pot might be interesting but it didn’t turn out nearly as expected. I feel that it will be very specialized application only and that I’ll use it when I find the need.

Still getting some pinholing with certain glazes even with the tips mentioning a slower cooling period. I will try a soak for 30 minutes next time to see if that’s the ticket. I’m slowly but surely working out what glazes to use on what bodies to get the best effects. Firing journal is very helpful.

Eating an Elephant

Dust floating
in just the right light…
Diamonds!
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Carved some feet this weekend and swept up a little today. I’m making the same forms mostly but getting bolder about the carving and shaping. These things just take time. Everyone wants to know some big secret to success. The big secret is that there is no secret! It just takes time and effort and putting in the work. Its usually agreed that it takes around 10,000 hours to have a mastery in a given task. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

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