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Notes from the wheelhead
There's no need to freak out when I throw a form that is better than anything I've done previous. In fact, I'm still at a point where this is a fairly common occurrence. Progress and growth are to be expected, and if I can remain calm when I see evidence of them, more will be gotten from the experience.

Similarly, I mustn't get ahead of myself. While a proficiently thrown bowl is decidedly something to be pleased about, it doesn't mean that I should immediately attempt to throw a full-sized amphora. Nothing but frustration will come of it. That time will come. Mastery is to be found in breathing life into those things that are taken for granted. As c_m_i has said about CBC, 'so you can make an amazing specialty brew... you can’t be called a great brewer if your amber still tastes horrible.'

If I plan to spend more than three hours in the studio at a time, I must bring food. Hitting a wall while centering five pounds of clay can lead to no good. It's too easy to get distracted, and getting sloppy quickly follows. This is especially true when I’ve gotten ahead of myself and am trying to throw an enormous vase on the heels of a respectable bowl.

One final thing - while I'm generally fond of drumming, having amateurs bang out tribal rhythms in the ballroom above the studio is less than optimal. It's rather like trying to throw trapped in an o-taiko while a drummer with more energy than talent tries to set the battle of Sekigahara to a mambo beat. Damn hippies. Little do they know that there is a revolt fomenting below their feet. They shall know our mud-spattered rage.

After all, we have pointy sticks.
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mudguts From: mudguts Date: March 19th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)

After all, we have pointy sticks.

whats the stick for?
komos From: komos Date: March 19th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Pancakes!

That's for the hippies.


More seriously, I have an array of pointy things, mostly for shaping and tweaking.
archanglrobriel From: archanglrobriel Date: March 19th, 2004 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
As I once told a frat guy - never antagonize the art students, we carry all sorts of nasty surprises around, garrotes, x-acto knives, razors...and we have a perfectly legitimate reason for being constantly armed and dangerous. *laugh*
I know exactly what you're talking about with regard to the freak outs while you're working. I get that a lot - for some reason it's scarier when I realize things are going well than it is when they're going badly. If you've got the time or inclination, there's a book that I think should be a Bible to all creative types called "Art and Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland. I tend to read it about every four days.
komos From: komos Date: March 19th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Cry Oook and let loose the throwers of clay!

Yeah, I have a peculiar fondness for my pointy things and my garrote, and throwing tends to bring me to an almost non-verbal state.

Yeah, you get exactly what I'm talking about. I have the book, actually. At some point not too long ago, it was recommended to me after a similar freak-out. Shortly thereafter, I also got pointed to Coelho's The Alchemist. Great stuff.
mudguts From: mudguts Date: March 19th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
ever notice how perfectly adaptable art tools are to smoking pot?
komos From: komos Date: March 19th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just because herbalists make great engineers (when properly motivated.)
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