(wicked crazy teapot--Godzilla wandering the city streets at night, looking happily deranged....teapot by Gary Rith)
I have been making this pizza dough lately, holy cats, the best BEST I have ever tasted. I use my pizza stone, which using this, makes 2 .....
A high school teacher in Guam has assigned students to study...ME. Yes, MEMEMEME if you can believe it. What inspires MEMEME???? Everything does. Explained for them and you below.....
Inspiration? One idea seems to lead to another. I was making ordinary pots like bowls and cups starting when I was 17 in 1983, until 1999 and I saw my puppy standing up to look out his playpen and thought that it would be cool to have a puppy on the side of a mug like that, and so I tried to do it, and I did. It is explained further here
http://garysthirdpotteryblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/buster-boo-1999-2012.html have a look
Adding fun things to pots makes it SO much more entertaining to do, and customers like it. Sometimes I sculpt, sometimes I paint onto items, as the examples below will show.
After I tried a puppy I tried a pig on a mug, and more and more ideas and animals added onto things. Lately I have been trying dragons/Godzilla/monsters in different ways, because it is funny
although the cats seen there are ALSO a new idea. The cats come from a suggestion a friend made to me just a couple of weeks ago! Very recent, the same time I was thinking about Godzilla. It is also true that I was trying to perfect my dragons because of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, and I had a green glaze that really seemed suitable for Godzilla. The cats I showed are cute and sweet as are the teddy bears I also started doing recentl, based on my own teddy bears, seen here
The Godzilla idea is sick and twisted (yet cheerful and funny!) and JUST TODAY, this week, I got started with that same sort of thing, except with sharks, explained here
No :) I do not know where ideas might lead. Imagine you see a rope leading into a dark cave. You start to pull on the rope, to see what might come out, and you just keep pulling and pulling and pulling, never knowing what might come out of the dark unknown :)