Can’t believe all that’s happened in the last two years since @barisonzi_photo took this portrait. Feels like a lifetime. There’s a saying that men don’t just build boats; boats build men. Seems fitting. Yet through it all, that’s still my favorite flannel @topodesigns. 🛶
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Stacks of bowls both medium and small, thrown from pound and half pound lumps of clay, we used both imperial and metric measurements at Maze Hill Pottery, my notebook was filled up with both, I think this might ring true for many potters here, as a pound weight just feels so right for some pots. Once leather hard half the weight is trimmed away from these, I like to have a foot that stands tall so I leave ample in the base when throwing them, perhaps a centimetre or thereabouts. My bowls produce the majority of my reclaim easily. Compared to the sodaware standard range I made for three years which has remarkable little as only a small handful of those pots were turned. My wheels tray was still messy after a days throwing and turning but one of the joys of working on the kick-wheel for the past few weeks in Japan is how little mess there is. There’s no tray, no guard to keep water or slops from building up so it forces you to use less water and any clay slip that does accumulate you simply gather up in your hand and scrape it off into your water bucket. If the one thing I learn and bring back home from my time here is how to throw more cleanly then that’s worthwhile for me.
The floor of the studio is dusty, the old tiles are covered with a layer of dirt, which is common place is Japanese potteries, dirt floors. It means there’s less cleaning and every so often the place can just be swept out. The turnings from pots trimmed go straight onto the floor and reclaiming them doesn't seem to be much of a priority from what I’ve seen so far. If there’s lots, then they will, but if it’s just a scattering it’ll become one with the ever collecting earthy ground. This doesn’t mean it looks messy although the studio is fairly gloomy and dark with only dim lights a fire and a few open bulbs lighting the place up with a very orange hue. There’s no daylight and after working for a few hours inside and leaving it can be quite a shock as the sunlight hits you or somehow it’s suddenly pitch dark.