Monday, 14 March 2011
Lanier Meaders- back to pots!
Why do i love Lanier Meaders so much?... i just do. I've been looking at more and more pottery and learning about so much stuff, it's weird how you go off at such tangents. When i set out to make pottery it was these beautiful face jugs that really got me excited and i would have been happy to be able to make simple forms and put faces on. Then somehow i got to Michael Cardew... Isaac Button... Matt and Doug.. and suddenly i was passionate about slipware and it's whole wonderful history! It makes for a confused potter. I've been fretting recently, as i often do, about doing it the right way, the way it's meant to be done. I don't have the years of clay education though and last night was looking at more face jugs and remembering my "just have a go" attitude. Get stuck in, enjoy the process, don't start fretting over the details. I've been sitting on 100 kg's (nothing to a regular potter, but a lot to me) of lovely clay for weeks now and over-thinking it all. I'm just going to give it a bit of passion and hope some of it holds together. I do need to sort a workspace out though. I've got a spare bedroom that i'm going to use... be fun to get a wheel in there!! I also have folk staying with us for a few more weekends though, so i have to hold off a bit longer! It's my Big 4-0 in May, so i have to have started before then!! Who knows where it'll end up, but i've so many ideas It'll be fun finding out. Back on the subject of Lanier, I've given Jakki strict instructions to make sure that when i go, my ashes end up in a Lanier Jug!... unless i manage to make something half decent for myself before then. For ever in a Lanier Jug... bliss! ( and no more fretting!)
Posted by Scott Garrett at 07:41