|Jim Lawton Bulbous Bow Teapot $1200|
Saggar fired Terra Sigillata with Cone 6 glaze script (8" x 12" x 3")
In regard to pot making, I've always aspired to work from the basis of use towards the conceptual; and, in order to get this job done - employ all formal tools necessary.
Some years ago I decided to start from a different shaping premise for my work, one that I called the "Vowel and Consonant Project:". I've long had a fascination with penmanship, particularly found in personal letters, handwritten documents (think the Declaration of Independence) and the power of self that comes not only through the word's meaning but in the force and nature of the script itself.
I look at my own writing, how it exists on the page & moves across it. I am fascinated by the possibility of challenging the static nature traditionally granted to pot - wanting them to move, or have the implication of movement or unsettledness. This dis-interest in stability has informed my work since the 1980's with painted imagery on the work of falling objects, pots, garments, and furniture.