• Rachelle Blondel

studio notes

New glaze..took a gamble and filled a kiln. Maybe one to archive and consider a miserable failure or maybe look at it from a different angle.

What am I looking for from a glaze, a perfectly finished pot, good even coverage, right fit for the clay body, no cracks, drips, odd holes or other imperfections. When I consider my comparison of the process from earth to finished piece and the similarity to the layers of ourselves, then the imperfections, the broken ugly bits, the lack of skill but buckets of willing should be what's important to me. These pots, these experiments are just as beautiful as the perfect ones they aspire to be.

They will be criticised, they will be judged. Some people will love them others will think they are ugly and badly made. Would they warrant a place on an esteemed gallery hoping to be part of the in-crowd, or will they hide on a dusty shelf, discarded, passed by and not considered good enough.

Some more pondering, thinking and accepting required....part of the journey of the pot, part of the journey of my life as an artist.

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