One of the other reasons I went to Clayworks on Friday night was to pull out all of my 100 pots and take some photos with Elaine.
Once I started unpacking them I was amazed at how many there were. I've been saying 100 pots for quite a while, but seeing them all in one place is pretty amazing. It has been a wonderful journey and I have learned and grown along the way. Thank you, Elaine for challenging me to stretch my boundaries and get out of my comfort zone.
This project has kept pottery in the conscious part of my brain for ten weeks straight instead of thinking about a one-night-a-week class. It has made me think, live, and breathe pottery, and not just my own. I have looked at more pots online in the last two months than I ever have. Constantly looking at good pottery has made me much more cognisant of lines, gestures, and movement. I am seeing lines now where I only saw vessels before. I notice the line from a pitcher handle following through the pot to continue along the bottom of the spout or how the gestures on a piece show movement which gives the piece life. It's seeing what was always there for the first time.
My friend Rick recently sent me a quote which sums it up quite nicely:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
-- Marcel Proust
The eyes have it.
(Sorry, you know I couldn't resist.)
On to the pictures!