Archive for February 17th, 2013

July 13, 1984

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

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I made this dish a long time ago. I was in grad school and had taken a couple of workshops taught by Bernard Leach apprentices Jeff Oestreich and Byron Temple. The piece shows the influence of both potters and their mentor. It was a transitional time for me. I had walked away from pottery making in 1983 and went back to school thinking I would get an MFA and teach at some college or university. For the first year of grad school I made only non vessel work. During the summer of 1984 I took these two workshops and started making pots again from a point almost 180 degrees from where I had left off. I had a lot of resistance from my graduate faculty which was good as it forced me to really examine what I was doing and articulate what in meant to me. I still thank all of them for that.
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The dish is still in regular rotation in our kitchen and reminds me of that time.