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Monday, December 22, 2014

going EAST....


You know what comfort food is:  every morning I have the bowl of hot rice cereal with apple sauce...porridge! Fills your belly with that warm coziness...and doesn't make me want to puke when I go running  later. Or soup on a cold day! Taking you back to the nice little belly filler you loved when you were 5. You know what I mean.

My pottery comfort food takes me back to the training I had when I first started making pottery, which was all Japanese, Korean, Chinese influenced, the celadons in particular (a range of pale jade to grey-blue-green glaze colors).  Some of these pots have exquisite carving on them, of leaves! I have never carved pots and THIS EXACT teapot/ewer and its friends is my pottery comfort food, you know I love these shapes, but GOOD GOLLY LOOK AT THE CARVED DECO! Subtle, hard to see until you get closer.

Lately I have been like "WOW, I have GOT to try carving leaves and maybe add a little extra color to a celadon piece to make the leaves pop out just a little.." Gave me an excuse to order a couple of groovy tools (pun intended ;)

THIS is what the first items are looking like, and what I want to do a lot of in 2015.
(my parents, visiting Friday, like the lower bowl so much I sent it home with them)



(new pottery by Gary Rith)

2 comments:

Barbara R. said...

Now you are coming to a wonderful new technique! Ah new tools too!

Michèle Hastings said...

Those Asian pots are elegant. Jeff has brought a few beautifully carved pots from his trips to S. Korea. I just love them all. Your take on them is beautiful as well. I look forward to seeing where you go with these in the new year.

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