It tickles me pink when people send me links.
Check out Mr. Mark Nathan Stafford’s work!
Do you think he’s using paper clay?
Ya double walls. Ya.
Some great grey pots for a great grey day. Made by Daniel Garretson.
Raised in both Australia and the United States, I became interested in pottery while studying philosophy at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Becoming ever more dissatisfied with intellectual answers to philosophical questions, I began engaging these issues on a practical level, an approach that emphasized direct experience of life. Finding a natural ally in Asian philosophy and religion, I became increasingly attracted to Chan Buddhism and its relationship to culture and society. Of particular interest was the Japanese tea ceremony, the ceramic vessels associated with this ritual, and the lives of the craftsmen who created these vessels. After completing my undergraduate degree I returned to the United States to learn to make pots. After completing a three-year apprenticeship with Mark Shapiro last fall, I am working with several potters before beginning a year long residency at the Red Lodge Clay center in September.
Throughout the making process I like to keep things simple–taking things as they come and accepting them for what they are. I am not interested in making beautiful pots, useful pots, or important pots– these judgments I find best left to others. I am focused instead on openly accepting the process of making, thereby allowing this process to express its nature with a sense of ease and spontaneously.
Ideas relating to patterns play a central role in the way I reflect on my work. How various patterns intermingle and overlap fascinate and intrigue me. Physical patterns, social and cultural patterns, patterns of thought and behavior, and historical patterns are all tools I use to think about my work in different ways. This reflection ultimately leads to a fresh engagement with the clay thereby stimulating new ideas and uncovering previously unseen possibilities.
Now his is a making philosophy I can respect in wonder and try to take into my own studio especially in the intense months of making to come. My mind is quiet when I throw my body attentive but at ease. It is the process of making that keeps calling me back after the back aches and sleepless nights. I see meaning in making. Daniel Garretson sees it too and has something special going on. You can buy these forms from Red Lodge Clay Center in the states.
And the answer is….. Gwendolyn Yoppolo! A post ago my friend asked “Who makes this teapot?” and through the worldwide web two other friends (thanks Carly and Char) came up with the answer. Check out these supple lush organic undulating brilliantly functional pots:
See what Gwendolyn has to say in regards to these forms” “The rhythm of contemporary culture is rapid, beating as the eye blinks in response to a barrage of information. My life as a maker beats with a slower cycle of designing, making, reflecting, and redirecting. My work is in counter rhythm, providing people with a disruption in the typical rhythm of their lives. Abstract form and quiet surface lead viewers into the core of their own silences, where they can uncover and develop their own meanings and associations.”
I recently received an email that said “Thanks” and had this attached:
I can see the teapot in my minds eye. A supple matt teapot in green bright yet soft tones, maybe a bit of yellow accents. Certainly elegant and organic and the strainer mimics the elegance. I think it was in a ceramics monthly a couple of years ago. I know I say it in print near the top of the page. Who makes it?????!!!!! Help us out here.
Porn: Pots I just can’t get enough of. This suggestion was given sarcastically (or perhaps in all seriousness) by a friend when I asked what would keep him interested in my blog. Oddly enough he hit the nail on the head. Blogs need eye candy- appropriate organismically lush pots posted under this category!
Quite literally porn. Could you imagine whipping this out at teatime?
Porn: Pots I just can’t get enough of. This suggestion was given by my friend Benji when I asked what would keep him interested in my blog. Oddly enough he hit the nail on the head. Blogs need eye candy- appropriate organismically lush pots will be posted!