Monday, July 9, 2012


I illustrated a previous post with a hand tooled/carved foot recently that is a personal evolution in dealing with feet on teabowls. At one time, a one size approach was how I dealt with feet by tooling them on the wheel, conventionally, but going off script has its perks. The off the wheel approach gives quite a bit more freedom to accentuate and compliment the form. The illustrated teabowl is from that group that I later hand tooled the feet. On the wheel, it was heavily paddled, creating its own unique personality and later, once bisque, I poured some gray and white bisque slips over the bowl. The whole then was glazed in the saffron iron yellow glaze. The contrast of varying shades of saffron and the paddled texture add movement to the teabowl and bring the eye round and round the pot. I am thinking after I make a thousand or more, I may get the hang of this style.

"Doctrine is all very well, I suppose, but it seems better to me to broaden your scope and be able to act with complete freedom. "  Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959)

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