Friday, December 26, 2008

Smash Pot Day

Swinging the hammer of judgment is one of the most anticipated yearly studio activities for a lot of potters.

Some artists choose to just swing the hammer all year round, but I prefer to save up all of the messed up pots, setting them in the nooks and crannies of the firing room and garden.

I save them for a special day... SMASH POT DAY!


















I traditionally save this special day for the end of the year, but I really can hardly wait to swing the hammer on this year’s accumulated ware. A lot of these pieces are gorgeous, but they have one flaw or another... a crack, a stuck lid, a glaze that ran off, kiln wash fired into the surface, the list goes on and on.

This is a ritual of necessity, ensuring the quality of any studio’s line-up. This year I’m happy to say I’m letting go a 140 pounds of fired work. DOH!


“Smash it up and plan for the next year”… that’s my motto.

4 comments:

TotusMel said...

That seems like an amazingly cathartic event. I hope you had fun & a great holiday!

Barbara Dunshee said...

I love that you took a pic of that beautiful teapot, right before you smashed it to smithereens. That's an inspiration to us all.

Hyla Waldron said...

So what do you do with all of the smashed up pieces?

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