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February 9, 2016

At the start of every potter’s journey making something you know will survive firing in the kiln works for you and against you. Having that sense of accomplishment is great but getting stuck in your comfort zone limits your artistic expression.  

 

When your friends start to ask you about what you are making next after you’ve showed them your inventory of breakfast bowls is a hint they want something new. We all have to graduate this part of the journey. The recommendations below should help you make it to the next step.

 

  • Remember there are endless possibilities but planning is key

 

 

 

1.Start Sketching

Sketch your piece of art. Always draw out the work you plan on making first. It doesn't have to be a great drawing, but it should help you get an idea of where everything goes and how the shapes will meet up. Draw the piece from multiple angles. You may want to draw a more detailed sketch as well, for areas that are highly detailed. For this sketch you can use different materials it doesn’t need to be just on paper.

 

2.Think of Process  

Depending on your needs, a mug might best be done on a pottery wheel, but adding decorative handle is probably done best by hand. Make a clay sculpture and make sure it is mostly hollow on the inside and create a vent hole for air to escape during firing. If you want to stick to small box objects, soap dishes and stationary organizers then slab methods is best. Animals can be fun to make, but the legs often cause difficulty. Think of animals that can sit.

3.Start with Basics

 

First create a basic shape, that would help you realize your idea without focusing on details. Think about size, shape, and the colour of the object you wish to make. It’s good to reference books and art magazines. Visit a museum where you can see tradition pottery, all this can help you get inspired and start working. 

 

  • Turn you vases into a work of art!

When we talk of adding beautiful ‘vases’ to our home, most often we just think of the lovely flower vases that adorn the side table in the living room or the dining table. Vases are functional and work well in every room. Match the shape of the vase to its function and add a vase in every room.

 

 

From the tall and imposing, to the delicate and the understated, vases come in every different shape, size and colour you can possibly imagine. The variety on offer here is simply endless. This makes them a perfect accessory for every home. No matter what your room lacks; there is always a vase that will fill that void with ease!

 

You can add a touch of colour with vase that come in bright and vivacious tones. There are those that will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your décor. For those who love a more minimalist look, there are those stunning floor vases in neutral colours that simply blend in with the walls of your room.

 

 

  • Choose decorative pottery and simply alter the form of a thrown pot

Abstract art is interactive in the sense that it invites the viewer to participate with their interpretations of the sculptural works. You need not present a definitive, structured piece to get the conversation started. Have fun with you work, make things that don’t make sense but feel good. Tell everyone your art is what it is because it simply makes you feel good.

 

 

Using the manipulation of form and the breaking down of the structured shape into more simplistic details, allows the suspension of the order of symmetry for more asymmetrical forms. This opens up the creation of movement and unpredictability with the flow of the shapes, lines, textures and colours. The resulting altered form delivers a heightened dynamic from a form striving for balance.

 

Push yourself to make something different every week. Don’t keep it all, slice up what you don’t like and throw it in the recycling bin.

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