New Semester :: Plan of Action

Plan of Action

Work on all projects concurrently. By the time we return from Spring Break, I would like to be at a place where I can narrow my focus or begin to merge my separate projects.

week five – three stacks built and bisqued, ready for glaze experimentation. A number of wasps’ nest forms bisqued and ready for glaze/atmospheric firing. Glaze experimentation could continue until Spring Break. At which point I hope to be able to choose a more focused approach.

week nine – experimental stacked shapes (non-rectangular)

Post Spring Break – Re-assess goals and adjust focus accordingly

Three Projects:

Ongoing project: Stay functional! Go conceptual! Find a way to make functional objects that are conceptually charged. Keep your records of these projects. Use them in a book for potters about how to survive grad school with your pot intact. (Kidding about the book part, maybe)

 – I want to start writing on pots again. It’s how I record things that I can’t say. Funny thing I’ve learned about writing for the purpose of expressing things you keep hidden—you end up having to explain the very things that you’ve tried to avoid saying. I don’t know how I feel about that yet.

Continue with wasp/hornet nests. Try spraying as a method of application. Try some ^6 slips. Try with crystalline glazes

Make more stacks. Try the rolled shapes that are in sketches. Try to show separate pages folding/rolling back. I want to try a very long stacked form, one that stretches the boundaries of “paper-shaped”. Maybe go on from there to shapes that are not at all encumbered by the concept of paper, not rectangular in any way. If they’re not rectangular will they still be read as paper? Paper-like layers?

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3 thoughts on “New Semester :: Plan of Action

  1. Hi Sara, I’m intrigued by your book idea for potters on how to survive grad school.. you might be onto something big there! Dibs in advance on an autographed copy! P.S. A whole stack of them would be a lovely sight to behold 😉

  2. The key is to think about function both as an aesthetic experience and as a formal inquiry based in specificity. And not just in questions about what food/drink goes in what pot, but in questions of how form is derived from the plural matrix of human physiology, sustenance, conspicuous vs. transparent experience, narrative, etc. The true inquiry comes in exploring the real reasons for making pots besides the reasons most casual potters usually give. Oh, and making great pots, of course!

  3. I was reading the description of that library you want to visit for the RCPA grant and all the cool things they have in their collection. Then I started to think, what is it that makes those ancient copies of rare books so interesting? I’m thinking beyond just the way they look, there are qualities those objects have which make you want to travel and go spend time with them. What are those qualities, and can any of those qualities translate into pots, another kind of functional object? Is time the only factor in giving those old books there street cred? Or are there other things that you can bring into your pots? Am I making any sense at all?

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