Day 2 Bowls and Pitchers, Day 3 Lidded Jars, Day 4 Teapots, Alleghany Meadows, Make, Use, Look, Think

Our schedule for the two weeks which soon changed.

Haystack Workshop Schedule

Haystack Workshop Schedule

Day 3 was Lidded Jars.  I particularly liked this statement of Allegheny’s  that moment of beauty such as when a flower petal causes us to pause.

What are the decisions we make in our pots that are part of our artistic expression and how can we cause one to pause?

The lids of a jar can be as beautiful as a pot so if the jar is broken the lid is still a beautiful object.

Day 4 Teapots. How does one start?  One thinks about form, about motion, about the feeling of making something beautiful.  Allegheny thinks of teapots as being feminine, the making of tea is a ritual, it is nurturing, it is the taking of a moment to slow down.  Things to think about, how do we think of beauty, what is beauty, how do we look at the world.  These inform our pots.  How a finger or tool touches the clay – those are important moments.

Assembling teapots.  If the spout is too low it is hard to pour.  Place the handle high otherwise it is too much on the wrist when pouring.

Day 3 Mark Pharis

Susan and I began our day at Starbucks.  Here is the promised photo.

On the way back I took more photos of the Railyard Garden.

Mark gave Susan an assignment to draw her teapot life sized and he would show her how to make a template for the teapot.  He took a compass, found the half, quarter, 1/8th and 1/16th.  From this 1/16th measurement he made 1/6 of the teapot that Susan could use to make the entire body of the pot.  Ingenious!

Later in the afternoon Mark cut a square template from 1/4 inch masonite.  Using a jigger saw he cut a square hole.  He placed the square template on a bucket, laid the clay in the template and let gravity do it’s thing.

We ended the day with a slide lecture by Mark.  I love hearing someone talk about their work.  It is like receiving a gem.  On abstraction – Working on soy bottles allowed Mark to explore abstraction because there is no history in his family, life or in Minnesota of soy bottles.  In the growth of a vision one can have a small epiphanies along the way which changes the direction of the art work.  When do we learn about pots as kids, what is our history, what do we eat, how does that affect the way we think about form.  Pots create social context they are about humanity.

More tomorrow.  Esther told me not to post this so late because no one sees it at 12.24 EDS – sorry honey posting now!  Good night.