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2nd of November – earthenware

November 2nd, 2010 at 14:04

Today is the first day I got to work with my clay from the garden. I had several attempts at shaping the, I assume, most natural shape anyone trying to make something from clay tries to create, a bowl. And this is it my first bowl:

I can tell you one thing, I have a completely new respect for anyone making pottery. This is a very au-naturel, in the purest kind way and rather lumpy in places, basic bowl. Earthenware version 1.0. But it’s my own, from my own clay. If I ever needed to survive just on what I have in my everyday life around me I would at least have something I could use as a catfood bowl.

I used the rock carving bob I made in September to print a pattern into the bottom o the bowl.

And then I had a little bit of clay left and instead of leaving it to go hard and dry I shaped another smaller bowl.
And I thought to make another stamp pattern from a rock, I took one of the many pebbles scattered all over my workroom and quickly carved this little swallow. I pushed it into the bottom of the bowl but it doesn’t work, so I smudged it out.

Here the little touchstone and small bowl. I like this second bowl shape a lot better.

And that’s it. Today’s art creative crafting are these two bowls.

What do you think, does this qualify as art? It was only after I signed up to the art everyday month that I realized I create and craft but I’m not sure everything I do could be called art. When I was in high school over 2 decades ago we had the subject arts&crafts, I like that better somehow. Oh, and at this point it’s appropriate to add I did do pottery in high school. We used to make these bowls running sausages in a circles and then smudge the clay sausages together. So strictly speaking this is not my first ever bowl, but these bowl above are my first every bowls (now), if you know what I’m trying to say.

Reflecting on the last 10 months I’m amazed how Leah’s themes have lead me to revisit so many crafty art like things and skills I enjoyed in a past but I had forgotten, a time when I was creative in and outside of school. Sometimes what I do today feels like a re-birth of my creativity. The process is a bit like when I was shaping the second bowl. I had a flat piece of clay and I started to push it into the palm of my hand and gradually worked it outward and it started to take shape nearly on it’s own. The amount and characteristics of the material somehow let this bowl emerged. And it’s like that with my own creative muse. I take a piece of material and play with it and then it turns into a carving of a fish, or a bowl, or a bowl with a fish print.

That’s it for today. the a.m. of this 2nd of November is dedicated to writing my 1600+ words of a novel. :-P

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5 Responses to “2nd of November – earthenware”

  1. Angie Says:

    Of course that is art. I love it. WOW, it is amazing. I do think it is because I am a Capricorn and earthy. I love all things with dirt and grit and a natural element to them.

  2. curlsofred Says:

    L and I did pottery in Cali before moving. Pottery is about not only the physical element of the clay, but the negative space surrounding it. It’s most definitely art. Look forward to seeing more!

  3. Amy Says:

    Yes that is art! No doubt about it. i love each piece and find it amazing you not only made the bowls, but made the clay! Wow! Great job.

  4. forward tumble Says:

    I wish I had as much success with my writing for NaNo as I had this morning with the clay… :-P But the night is young it’s “only” 10 pm

  5. Julie Says:

    Yes this is art, very pretty!

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