In 2019 I discovered that I was a Pottery Artist
It was sometime in 2018 that I decided it was time “find my voice”, my artistic look, within the pottery medium. I started out with glaze making, did a bit of Sgraffito (which I love). You can read my initial thoughts on Finding my Voice here and I talk about finding my voice here
As an potter I wanted my work to be different from other potters and reflect what I loved. I played around with making and using different glazes and made some pretty stuff but I felt that I needed to be a bit more artsy, if you know what I mean!
Glazing is difficult for me. I don’t have the patience to experiment with chemicals, I take lousy notes, I sucked in chemistry so all the chemistry to making cool glazes was lost on me. I read it over and over and would “get it” only to “unget it” two minutes later. I had to search my artistic soul to find where I belonged in the pottery world and finally came to the conclusion that I prefer to paint pretty pictures on pottery. For me that means I only needed a really great CLEAR GLAZE and some wonderful and colorful liner glazes I knew that I wanted to continue making functional pieces, small handheld pieces of art that would become part of someones everyday life. Pieces that would make them smile, be a favorite. When given as a gift, that with every use the recipient would think about the giver.
So how do you develop your own style or signature?
The first thing I did was really looked hard at what appealed to me. I created a Pinterest board of other pottery that I was attracted too. It became quite apparent that I liked simple lines, gentle curves, and bold bright colors. But I was also drawn to whimsical, fluid lines that were not perfect, that was a little off. Lines that broke rules. Watercolor paintings always have intrigued me because they also tend to break rules, paint outside the lines, and allow my own imagination to complete the painting. I love that and I wanted it for my pottery. Why Flowers? 2019 was all about flowers. That may change for 2020 but for now I am loving creating big, bold, splashy flowers with lots of depth, color and lines. I jokingly told someone I paint flowers because I love flowers but suck at gardening. Truth is, i don’t like to garden at all. At least not here in hot, humid, Oklahoma.
So painting flowers is my way of gardening.
When I stopped to think about it, what I do is similar to gardening, just without the ants. I start with dirt (a call of clay) and plant the seed (throw the form). I water it and tend to it (underglaze and decorate) and give it sun (the kiln).
My flowers never die unless you drop them. No deadheading or weeding needed, just a quick run in the dishwasher.
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Just out of curiosity… and feel free to comment… as an artist, do you feel you have found your voice, your signature? Do you have a look that is just yours or are you still exploring? I went through a lot of techniques and experimenting to get where I am now and I am still experimenting.
Does it ever stop? I hope not!!
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