[Clayart] Dates on Pots

Jane Aebersold zingy6 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 14 21:50:23 EST 2017


You go Bonnie!  What a great and fabulous career, body of work and still
going.  All best, jane

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, Bonnie Staffel <bstaffel at chartermi.net>
wrote:

> Announcing my 70 year retrospective exhibition of the variety of pots I
> have
> made over the years. This will be held Jan 20pm reception starting at 5pm.
> I
> believe it will be on for about a month after.
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> I used to date my work from the beginning. My first thrown pot was dated
> 1947 and not what one would call a real winner. However, as I progressed,
> Harvey Littleton felt there was promise in my work, relating it to the
> early
> Baggs work.
>
>
>
> So it all began. When people send me photos of some of my old work in their
> collection, I usually can tell when I made it by the clay body and its
> reaction to the kiln I was using at the time. As time passed on, I made a
> lot of my signature birds and started dating them because of the
> collectors'
> requests.
>
>
>
> As a note, I added a gum CMC to my Iron Oxide/water mix to sign with a
> brush. I didn't want any fingerprints showing up in unexpected places on
> the
> glazed surface if the iron oxide wasn't sealed in the pre-bisque stage.
>
>
>
> My daughter just purchased a platter that was on eBay where my name was
> perfectly legible, but the seller didn't add it to the title. It was just
> by
> chance that it was found and luckily is now back in my own collection of
> special pots. Toshiko Takaezu gave me a set of Japanese brushes, many of
> them square edged, so I was trying out different design capabilities of
> these brushes in decorating the plates and pots. The one just purchased was
> a precursor to my very favorite platter depicting an abstract large blue
> iris. My first 25 years was devoted to one-of-a-kind type of work and was
> accepted in numerous exhibitions over those years. Some of the award
> winners
> I kept so they will be in the show too. After that found that we needed to
> make a living from the pottery and my husband's prints, so started
> production of functional items. I still devoted the three winter months to
> do my own special creative work. Even my functional work was given
> individuality and its own uniqueness in spite of being part of a set of
> dishes, mugs, etc. Seems like I needed to do this to satisfy my own needs
> for creativity. I may have to take a cue from mel and go back to painting
> as
> I did in my early days. I really preferred to paint in-the-round as a flat
> piece of paper challenged me as I didn't feel I had anything to say with
> it.
> Oh well, will wait for some inspiration in that area in the future.
>
>
>
> I have had quite a diversified career and don't feel like it is finished
> yet. Have some clay in the kitchen with which to do hand built individual
> pieces. Seems like I have outlived my older potter friends up here. Love
> Clayart so that I can at least talk pottery with some of you and tell my
> stories. I read where Rose Cabot has reached 100 and might still be
> working.
> Anyone know? She and her husband made the most beautiful colors and glazes.
>
>
>
> With warm regards to my Clayart friends.
>
>
>
> Bonnie
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> http://webpages.charter.net/bstaffel/
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> http://vasefinder.com/bstaffelgallery1.html
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> DVD  Throwing with Coils and Slabs
>
> DVD  Introduction to Wheel Work
>
> Charter Member Potters Council
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