This is a not particularly good image of one of the tables of entries for the Clayopolis competition at Potfest. I always forget to take many pictures at these things. Somewhere I have a picture of the piece that won which was a potter taking his pots to Clayopolis to see if they were good enough to be accepted into the city. You can just about see my entry on there, makes me realise just how tiny it was.
These are just a couple of stalls of friends of mine, David Wright and Sue Dunne, very different styles of work and very different ways of displaying but I think each suited the work on display in them.
For me it’s been another very slow day, everything turns to snails pace when my asthma gets bad, I always forget what it’s like in between times but soon remember when something sets it off. So I finished the sgraffito harvest jug, I still find sgraffito a very different way of thinking about decorating to the slip trailing. With slip trailing now I feel pretty sure about the sort of line that I am going to make with the tool, the way it flows and the thickness of line and I know I just get the one chance so I just go at it. Sgraffito is not something I do as often and I think the fact that it is so much more like drawing with a pencil makes me a bit more wary as I’m not all too keen on the idea of “proper” drawing, it puts me on edge a bit. I tend to do a lot more thinking before I actually set the tool into the clay and I tend to do some preliminary ink lines on the pot first.
I threw a little bunch of small harvest-ish jugs too as I had enjoyed decorating the others so much.
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