I start off todays blog in a totally non clay-related rant. I am seriously hating on my oven. It is killing my baking love. It is burning things in a most vicious manner. If I don't stand guard at the door I will have burnt cake and cookies everytime. Who wants that? Things that should take 30 minutes to bake have been known to finish 5 minutes before. It is very disconcerting. Timing is everything with this oven.
Thinking about the oven last night It burned my French grandmother's lemon yogurt cake (no, I don't have a French grandmother but isn't that just the most delightful name for a cake?) as I planned the layout for the blog had me reflecting on timingand how important it is to what I do in the poterie (it's the cake) and on social media.
The wheel spins in a rhythm that must be time to avoid torque in the pot, the drying for trimming and surface must be timed and also the firing schedule. I also have to time my content posts on social media to realise the most interactions; likes and shares. I bet some of you are like me, wondering when did it become so complicated.
If it's one thing I have learnt though is that timing is indeed everything and I must be aware of my time to make the most of it; whether in the studio or in my personal moments because as cliched as it sounds, we really don't get it back.There, rant/reflection over. Hope your week was smoother than mine and you had no burnt cake. In between burnt baked goods I did manage to throw some pots and dream in clay. You can view footage of pot making on my Instagram feed.
Last week you joined me as I took you through how I make a pinched pot. I hope some of you joined me in the process or others still tried it out during the week. If you're new, welcome! Grab some clay and get your hands muddy.
This week we will talk about surface. This refers to the outer appearance of the pot from texture to colour or even to altering the appearance of the pot by darting or cutting. For this project we will talk about using tools to create texture and I'll show you some of the things that I use or that can be used to make marks on your pot.
Here are some of the surfaces that have inspired my creative juices and showed up on my work.
There is inspiration all around us if we would just take the time to open our eyes and see what beauty and wonder have been created for us.
Be inspired this week.
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Since we're talking surface, here's a surface that I rather enjoy. It was made from one of my handmade bisque stamps from shells and coral. It combines my love for the ocean with my memories of shell collecting and the colour of the earth that surrounds me. Earthy yet classy and sturdy yunomi.
Hi I am an artist and potter here in Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean. This is my blog and I hope you come along with me as I share pieces of my pottery world with you.