Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Way back in January, I posted about being inspired by watching how John Britt threw a couple of pots off center, thick and clunky and then just messed them up. I don't know if he ever finished the pots, but watching him got me thinking outside the box.

My work tends to be pretty clean and refined. The cylinders I start off with are often off-center, but you can't see that in the finished pots. I decided to try messing up some cylinders and making a basket out of them. Now, as you can see, I didn't really mess them up all that much. Has that ever happened to you? You think you're really changing things up and pushing the limits, when actually the end result isn't all that different.

I really like the basket, but it doesn't hold a candle to some of the crazy stuff I did in college. Even so, it's helping me to get over my fear of experimenting with a little ugly.


  1. I like the view from the top. I really tend to be symmetrical with my work and have a hard time breaking out of it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jack Troy once said he spent 20 years learning to make the perfect pot and then another 20 figuring out how to make them not perfect.
    think outside the box is good!