Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Pushed In Pot

Years ago I used to push in the ceramic pots at times, sometimes they would crack and I would still have them fired, now the practice is back, it is a great way to help solve the dilemma of the encrusted forms and figures relating to the wheel-thrown pottery.  The altering of the shape by pushing and even collapsing part of the pottery actually creates areas for growth.  The creative process while sculpting is part planning, composition, part intuition and also just growth, where would things actually grow if this thing were left outside for a few years?
The pushing in of the pot also creates a great negative space that does not exist when the opening is at the top, it is somewhat vaginal, and alludes to the pot being a "vessel of life".

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