Tuesday, July 1, 2014

interrupting the flow

 Although I do not have the habits of a production potter, I find it works best to make a run of one type of pot at a time to get into the rhythm of that form, work out the bugs, and possibly discover ways to improve it..  But, I also know I have commissions to glaze and fire, not to mention  already having enough dry pots for a bisque firing.  Sometimes I don't know when to stop one thing and start the next. Or, in this case, I just don't want to but kind of have to.

I finished the lids for these last night.  Got them trimmed, then formed and attached the knobs. The knobs are a trap-  Once I started  "putting a bird on it" a lot of my customers expect all knobs to be birds.  It's true- birds sell pots!  It takes some extra time for me to form the birds compared to the time it takes to throw a knob on the wheel. I'll compromise with some birds and some regular knobs.  At this point, though, I need to interrupt the flow of honey pot making to get ready for a glaze firing.


  1. I still haven't found a way of keeping up a flow of work, and it often frustrates me. It is amazing how many things can get in the way, from the need to fill particular orders, to having to replace elements in the kiln! I can see why "birds sell pots", it does seem that people are out for quirky one off looking things... but they do take time! Agggh!

  2. I'm still waiting to get back to honey pot making. The gallery I'm involved with is a co-op and is great is many ways but it means I take my turn working there, go to meetings, participate in an art camp for kids..... plus more commissions.

  3. Just bought a number of your mugs and planters over the weekend. Really beautiful work. It is a real gift that you have.


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