Pottery Studio

Pottery taught me the true meaning of patience and perseverance. The physical, mental and emotional strength it demands can sometimes leave you exhausted. Being blessed with a relatively higher level of patience and perseverance, I haven’t had an opportunity to test my limits before. Learning pottery, therefore, was an enriching experience for me.

It feels overwhelming at first. It seems like a daunting task to learn the right technique. If you focus too much on the technique, you forget the art. And if you don’t know the technique, you are just a child playing with some clay blocks. Soon enough you realize that it’s surprisingly simple. The most important lesson to learn is to understand the clay. Once you get acquainted with clay and its moods, everything else falls in place.

Every artist has a very unique style and process of creating art. Every artist feels differently about art. When you explore a new medium, sometimes it’s easy to forget your own voice and drown in learning the process and technique. The excitement of experiencing a new form of creation adds to the intoxication. And sometimes it can be exhausting. Spirit of an artist, however, always wins.

I have experimented with various mediums of art and craft over the years as an amateur. I love the simple joy of creation and creative expression. This is my first experience with Pottery and I feel a special attraction for it. It challenges me and excites me. It seems more difficult but it allows me to create visuals and express thoughts I couldn’t potentially do with other art forms I am acquainted with.

Here are a few pictures of Potter’s tools from my teacher’s studio.

Most important lesson to learn is to understand the Clay, a potter’s medium of expression and the primary ingredient.
Rolling pins of different dimensions for making Clay slabs and ensuring the right consistency of clay with even pressure across the slab.
Brush and sponge  to apply clay slip while fixing various pieces of a clay sculpture.
Brushes and sundry tools resting neatly in a half broken clay pot.
Sundry tools to create patterns and customised designs on clay products.
Potter’s wheel ready to start the day.
Potter’s wheel and clay scraps after turning and trimming.
Electric Kiln for firing.

The extensive process of Pottery brings beautiful earthy colours to a studio. The item waiting at each step to enter into the next phase of their creation add life to the studio.

Here are a few items waiting for bisque firing.

Flowers by the window. The deep brown of clay reflects various shades in the sunlight and gradually changes colour as it begins to dry.
Unfinished clay bowl soaking in the sun. Light falling on a semi-dried bowl with evenly spread loop creating an effect of concentric circles reflects double tones of an Earthy colour.
Coasters on a clay slab. A clay slab dry enough to cut and create patterns but far away from the colours of dry clay.
Broken clay bowl that couldn’t make it to bisque firing. Kept in a corner unsure of its future, the Brown colour of bowl gains the quality of a dry and rough barren land.
Glazing covers the brown with chalky matt colours before products can be fired to become bright glossy finished ceramic art.

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