In the Studio: Proportion

Proportion is a funny thing. When a form is proportionately in harmony is vibrates a sort of calm serene quality, a piece sings when it is just so. Balance. Balance is something we strive for in life (something a stomach flu has confounded) and is something I strive for in my work. Balance does not mean symmetrical. Balance can be found in a handle askew or a rim dented. There is no formula (though many may say differently, the Greeks for example). I have been trying to find the right proportions.

I find that in the onslaught of rash production, as for the Christmas season, I can become a bit blinded by numbers. My friend Geri comments that potters are always counting, 20 mugs, 10 bowls, 12 plates… 8 handles and a partridge in a pear tree. Where as numbers can be blinding they also are what it takes to find the sweet ratio.

Upon finishing the Hume Craft Fair I remember saying “I can’t wait for next Christmas”. I was so excited to make this body of work that I had in mind for so long. But now I can’t wait for it to get better.


3 thoughts on “In the Studio: Proportion

  1. Shannon says:

    Lovey! Are these new mugs fresh off the wheel? Lovely. It made me think about how cups become crowds when displayed together. Countless times, mine have been described as soldiers (certainly something to think on). Yours, however, are mingling! Are they at a backyard cook-out? Or the corner pub? Chatty good friends for sure!

  2. bpracticalpottery says:

    They most certainly are new and at that sweet leather hard stage and perfect for decorating today. I kind of wish pots could stay so fresh forever. Now that you say it they do seem like pairs chatting at some function! Looking at pottery in sets always puts a new spin on things. They sure do belong in multiples.

    I can’t see your elegant pots as soldiers at all! Maybe only if they have a little mission to go make peoples live a bit more pleasant.

  3. Sophie says:

    I agree, like chiaroscuro, it’s all about balance and that can be found in asymmetry. And I love your comments about counting. This may be a little revealing but sometime I find I count when I wedge, not to any particular end but just as the rhythm goes…

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