Very excited about this yunomi! I threw it on the kickwheel and I always throw a bit thick which is just natural for me. In throwing and trimming it forces you think about how the inside of the vessel is formed and how it will affect the balance and the overall shape.
This leads to an insight which is best explained by the Tao Te Ching –
Use What Does Not Exist
Thirty spokes are united around the hub of a wheel, but the usefulness of the wheel depends on the space where nothing exists.
Clay is molded into a vessel, but the usefulness of the vessel depends on the space where nothing exists.
Doors and windows are cut out of the walls of a house, and the usefulness of the house depends on the space where nothing exists.
Therefore take advantage of what exists, and use what does not exist.
From Wikipedia – In music, a motif or motive is a short musical idea, a salient recurring figure, musical fragment or succession of notes that has some special importance in or is characteristic of a composition: “The motive is the smallest structural unit possessing thematic identity”.
In my last firing I started thinking about decoration of my vessels. After a decade in photography I realized that I had an enormous amount of knowledge and was able to solve just about anything that came along. I had my own language.
So now I have a template to go by for learning and mastering what I want to create in ceramics. The template is repetition, the ability to solve problems and exercising your imagination. Once you get it rolling you are able to create a motif of your own with infinite variations.
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”
– Zig Ziglar
You start with the basics: Color & Texture.
Single Solid Color
Blending of two or more solid colors
Where do you create the delineations of colors / textures / shapes
Color Combinations – What looks good together
The breaks can be on any part of the vessel, what parts look good?
Patterns, both in color and or texture
Other things I cant think of at the moment
The sketchbook is out and I’ll try on paper each variation and combination and see what suits me. The happy accidents are the deviations that can lead you down a new path.
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!