Lerxst2112 wrote:Very briefly skimmed all 10 pages to make sure this wasn't already asked...
When one sits down to create, do you have a definite plan in mind as to shape, glazing, colour, etc? Or do you just go with the flow, and "customise" a piece as it is being made?
This is a good question, and could be the basis of a real treatise on art. In general, if you don't have the basic form in your mind before you touch the clay then there's a good chance that you will flounder.
Once you have a basic form thrown there can be a lot of playing, experimenting, and some organic stuff that happens. Here's the big trick- the hard part- maybe the hump for people that overthink stuff (like myself)- those loose, organic, wonderful accidental looking teabowls often have far more intent than they let on- right down to the "accidental" glaze drip that didn't stick to the seashell, that dent in the yunomi that fits your thumb, or that extra large piece of melted granite that falls right on your fingertip when you're holding the bowl.
I've spent too much time getting chemistry degrees and doing statistics for my own good- just ask John Baymore. Technical pottery skill comes first- but then you need to be able to use those skills in a more impressionist manner. Getting your idea across in a loose, organic flow. That does not mean taking a lump of clay and "seeing what it wants to be" without any direction.
I tend to think about a form, a texture, trimming, glaze, where the pot will go in the wood kiln. These all work together and if you take a piece that you've worked on and then start thinking "what glaze should I slap on this?", well then you may get a Mona Lisa with a mustache.