Here is a table full of pots ready for the next step. This photo was taken back in November and I’ve since glazed and fired them in the gas kiln at The Potter’s Studio in Berkeley, CA. I’ll post photos of the finished pots soon.
It’s been so long since I have posted anything I just had to put something here in the new year.
I recommit to posting once per week and letting go of the need for it to be perfect. It is a daily practice after all and the point is to post often to show my progress and the results of my practicing.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to my family for their continued support.
Another great short film from Goldmark Gallery! Well Done. Anne Mette Hjortshøj – Paying Honest Attention is so inspiring. These films all have such a great vibe about them. I watch them over and over and then go make pots. They calm me down and lift me up all at the same time. They give me something to aim for and affirm that I am on the right path. I feel an earthy connection to the potters featured in these intimate glimpses. I want to be this kind of potter making pots fired in a wood kiln, living this kind of life in the country, growing organic food, working outside in open space collecting materials locally to use in or on my pots, living a life inspired.
I love the look of Anne Mette’s pots. The fluid nature of the clay in the lugs for the handles of her teapots, for example, look as if the clay is still soft and the handle has lifted it up in the center. The colors and patterns are fantastic. I like how she makes and uses stamps for adding patterns of texture for the glaze to run over or collect in or break over and edge. After seeing her beautiful pots and then watching the video it came as no surprise to me that she fires with wood. Most of my favorite potters fire with wood. There is nothing better in my opinion than a wood fired pot. There is so much going on with color and surface from the flames and ash and salt. You can look at a wood fired pot a hundred times and see something new each time.
I love the way Anne Mette talks about making pots and the process of learning with Phil Rogers. It’s very clear she holds him in the highest regard. He is one of my favorite potters and an opportunity to learn and work with him would be a dream come true. I really enjoyed reading his book called Throwing Pots back when I started my clay journey.
So check out the film and the links and let me know what you feel.
I’ve added Goodreads on the bottom right so I can share what books I have read or want to read. If you have read some great pottery books please recommend them to me.
I just uploaded a photo of my first three teapots. I have been wanting to make some for a while so this is awesome for me. All three are different. The first has a deep lid that fits in a gallery with lugs for a cane or wood handle, the second has the lid fitting over a lip with a pulled handle, and the third was inspired by one that Simon Leach made in one of his videos. It’s for green tea and has no lid with a handle on the side. I’ll be doing some videos where I talk about the process of making and critiquing my work, so look for those in the future on my YouTube channel at Cameron Sharp Pottery. I think it is important to be able to do that and decide what worked and what did not or what I like or don’t like to learn what can be done next time. For example the 3rd teapot has a spout and handle that are too long for practical use. I think a shorter handle would give more leverage lifting a pot full of tea and the spout could be made to the same length as the handle for balance both physically and aesthetically. And it would take up much less space on the counter or in the cupboard.