In October 2010 I made a tall pot using phoenix and sliced it into quarters (top to bottom). I then pieced it back together and put some nickel-chromium sutures in it. I sprayed it with some oxides and rutile, then sprayed a few light passes with clear glaze. It came out great with a warm, almost wood-fired look to it. I really liked it though several friends were not comfortable with it.
I sold it in November at the Concentrix terra4m sale and felt validated: someone else liked it too. After selling it I decided I was going to make some similar pieces in the future.
On February 5, 2011 I was working on another one and before I could slice it into quarters, a friend offered to purchase it if I didn't slice it. I was still determined to make more "broken vessels" so I resigned myself to start another one as soon as I could.
The next day I received an email from the person who purchased the original piece asking if it was one-of-a-kind or if I might have similar pieces. He wants to buy a piece for a friend.
Apparently this is a popular (and somewhat classic) form. I see more of these in my future.
Even in the midst of all this commerce there exists a conundrum in my own mind. The first one I made (on the left) has a nice shape, but doesn't really adhere to the rule of thirds. The neck is too short to be a third of the overall pot. On the next one I really paid attention to the height of the neck and even though it is closer to a third of the pot, I like the first one better. I guess some of the "rules" are more like "guidelines" when the clay hits the bat.
I was also struck by the (accidental) almost identical height of the two pieces. It's funny how the mind works on a subconscious level when making similar forms.