I heaved a sigh and walked on.
Someday, I swear, I will get back into my studio for more than an hour, if only to make replacements for all my dinnerware that has been broken in the last two years.
So I made a trip to the gallery to view the show knowing the pots were going to holler the Siren's call.
Teapots have always been a special challenge to potters. There are many design and functional elements to a teapot. The perfect pot will have all the elements working seamlessly together. The handle needs to feel comfortable and balanced in the hand while supporting the weight and tipping of the pot itself during use. The spout needs to be angled correctly and the lip of it finished carefully so that it doesn't drip when pouring. The lid must fit snuggly but not too much and that can really be a problem to solve. Throw in a desire for an imaginative design and glazes that complement the shape and the challenges mount. Then there is the possibility of warping, twisting or cracking of seams. When a gallery wants to bring out the best talent in the ceramic world, they have a teapot show.
Jim Diem. This one asked me to take it home.
But this! I loved, loved, loved! The teapot was great but I really wanted the cups. The red glaze, so hard to get, is divine. The slip trailing, the finishing details....I want!
Jeff Morales (check out the pull chain desk lamp on his website- Amazing!) really wanted to come home with me.
I love the colors and simplicity of this set. It says Coffee to me rather than Tea.
Funky and masculine.
This has a beautiful blue celadon glaze with a classic carved surface.
If I could just cut back on sleep and showering, maybe I can get some time in the studio again.