[Clayart] Dates on Pots

Dan Saultman design at saultman.com
Sat Jan 14 22:08:41 EST 2017


Where is your show?
Location city, address?
Phone number for questions?
I would like to attend.

Dan Saultman

Fine-Art Pottery & Tile
ETSY Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DanSaultman
Clinton Township, MI

On Jan 14, 2017, at 6:57 PM, Bonnie Staffel 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.
> 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
> http://webpages.charter.net/bstaffel/
> http://vasefinder.com/bstaffelgallery1.html
> DVD  Throwing with Coils and Slabs
> DVD  Introduction to Wheel Work
> Charter Member Potters Council
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