I've been taking ceramics classes at night for over a month now in a gorgeous studio in a nearby town. Both wheel throwing and hand building are on the agenda. Without a doubt I suck. I'm just terrible. In fact I didn't keep anything I threw for the entire first month. My instructor has been laughing at me constantly, and last night I finally realized it was because of my perfectionism. (Well, my belligerence towards the clay always elicits a chuckle too, especially when I'm slapping it loudly against the table to work out my aggression.) When I finally decided to just let go of perfection and enjoy the whole darn process, I finally made some progress. In one night I threw two bowls and two cups, and I'm keeping all of them. I didn't say they were good. They're not.
Hand building, on the other hand, is not as much of an exercise in patience and letting go. It's just plain fun. With hand building you can really explore the primitive handmade look. Since I tend to favor simple shapes, I've been decorating my pieces with lots of random markings and texture. I like to pretend the pieces I'm making are ancient artifacts that came out of the ground, mysterious and strange.
I've been collecting these inspirations up, and now it's time to share them with you:
Top photo: taken by me during a Wiksten photo shoot at a friend of a friend's apartment.
Second row: lamp by Victoria Morris on the left, photo from Clam Lab tumblr on the right (link sent to me by Lena).
Fourth row: from Fifty One and a Half by Monika Dalkin (seen on the Simple Things blog, so much inspiration there).
Fifth row: bowl by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg.