I answered several interview questions this week for a future article in a local magazine. The queries were interesting, insightful, and thought-provoking. I’m still thinking about one of the questions in particular – “Describe your favorite piece or one that stands out in particular.”
I’ve created a lot of pottery over the years and when I thought about answering this question, I had a hard time choosing one favorite. I tend to fall in love with the piece of pottery I am making at the moment. Even if I’ve made the shape in the past or over and over in a series, each one I develop holds its own value and personality for me. An advantage of having a home studio is the ability to nurture each stage of the creative process any time of day or night. I admit that I sometimes visit the studio just to admire and drink in what has been created that day or week.
Of course, there are certain pots I’ve made that signify key developmental stages in my clay journey. The first large (heavy) platter I successfully threw on the wheel is still pulled out to serve food at a large gathering; a succession of bowls in various sizes I use while cooking on a daily basis; and a variety of hand-built containers I created as I learned new methods of shaping clay all stand out in my mind.
I answered the reporter’s question in a similar way. I mentioned how significant each piece I create is to me. And, I chose to describe one of the driftwood basket series I first made when we lived in Hilton Head, SC. I’d long thought about the idea of combining my love of knitting and clay. Initially, I’d wanted to somehow embellish the edge of a pot with stitched wire. But that’s how the creative process goes. I start off with a picture of one thing in my mind and as it evolves, it transforms into an even better idea. The driftwood baskets fit neatly into purchased wrought iron stands, incorporate collected driftwood from daily walks on the beach, and satisfied my desire to add a stitched element with a crocheted leather cord along the edge.
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