I had more fun than I thought I would making pinch-pot spheres. it has been years since I made pinch-pots and I don’t remember enjoying it. my mentor showed me a new way of doing it and explained how zen it was.

Maybe it’s because I’m older now, but I finally got it. Moreover, I was finally able to understand how the Japanese potters I so admire did it.

These pinch-pots are still roughly and quickly made, but going forward, I have been making thinner-walled ones that are much more satisfying to make. The beauty of this too became more clear while watching a documentary on Paulus Berensohn (Why We Create).

So, I’ve made a pyramid of four pinch-pot spheres, attached with slip: heavily coated with blue engobe; made the lids with slab scraps; left it all to dry slowly to leather hard, before cutting openings under the lids; added lips under the lids, so they wouldn’t slide off the spheres; let dry slowly to bone dry and bisqued; used cobalt blue oxide to stain; glaze fired in electric kiln to Cone 04.

Dimensions (with lid on): H – 23cm x W – 20cm x D – 20cm

Available to own: $100cnd (plus any applicable shipping and handling)

My mentor’s prompt: this series was to create ceramic boxes that could contain treasures from our lives, including memories and experiences. They were all to be between 3″ and 12″ tall. Originally focusing on form, over the finish, and using a variety of hand-building techniques: pinch-pot, slab, coil, and/or carved. We were quickly given the greater choice of engobes, stains, & glazes, but I had already built my series to focus on form. The finishes are the proverbial icing on the cake. I pushed these colour choices to emphasize contrasts and build tension, but not distract from the forms and textures.

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