The thrown vases are often made by throwing the piece in phases to create more height or flexibility in the neck. Extruded vases, silhouette forms, create another shape for glazing, with their hollows and height adding grace to the collection.
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These large slab vases offer me a challenge in both the forming and glazing phases. They are generally about 15-20 inches high and take considerable manipulation and patience to succeed in porcelain without cracking, but offer me such a wonderful vertical canvas on which the glazes can flow and interact.
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Envelope vases offer me an expansive vertical surface--spaces for the glazes to form crystals and then flow. I developed the envelope vases especially for their broad, vertical surfaces.
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Bowls are my favorite shape to throw. I enjoy stretching and thinning the clay to create a form made for altering in some interesting way—out of round, slightly askew.
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With Baskets I can enlarge the bowl form and add a handle that accentuates the curves of the bowl, while giving more height and scale to the piece. I form the handle from reeds that I dye, steam, and bend, then weave onto the piece with dyed twine.
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Plates and platters offer a horizontal canvas. While the crystalline glazes have less space to flow, they interact, none-the-less, depending more on the thickness of the glaze and on the manipulation/movement of the form.
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Cups make me think about how people hold these vessels, how they rest in the hand, how they function for drinking or pouring. Because I prefer forms undistracted by handles, my vessels are really about how they feel in the hand.
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Pitchers and teapots are the potter's functional challenge. I have tried to create interesting fluid forms that actually function well while enhancing their surroundings as they sit and wait to be used.
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