kathy.forer at gmail.com
Mon Mar 20 19:47:06 UTC 2023
I am draping in muslin pillowcases now as I work! It lets me take pauses
while working and gives some grace to the swiftly sailing weather
A great claybox is an old bathtub. Also a refrigerator on its back.
A moth once laid eggs deep in the gas control assembly of my direct vent
furnace, way past the burners.
Thank you for everything!
On Tue, Mar 7, 2023 at 7:51 AM mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> In many ways sheet plastic wrapped around sculptures has the opposite
> The water migrates to the plastic like a rain forest and drips back onto
> piece. A big tent of plastic over a bunch of pots is one thing. wrapping
> clay, may be the wrong thing.
> I met an amazing sculptor from Germany a few years back. She made lovely
> figures. Arms outstretched etc. She wrapped her sculptures in linen as she
> yes, a natural fiber cloth. It works like a charm.
> When I went to Mata Ortiz some of the potters where having trouble with
> big pots
> cracking. You know, those wedding pots, two pots put together with a
> strap. Each pot
> was bigger than a basketball.
> I made a simple grid of 2x4's in one fellows back yard. About 6'x 8'. I
> had him
> place the pots upside down, and cover each pot with cotton t shirt fabric,
> and in
> some cases just used old t shirts with the neck pinned closed. He would
> pull out one
> at a time and work on burnishing
> and decor ideas, then let the entire group dry in the shade, on the grid
> with fabric
> covers. It totally solved their problem.
> When there, you do not tell those Mexican potters how to make pots. Mouth
> shut and admire.
> But I saw big pots on beds, under tables. Those pots sell for thousands of
> dollars and they
> made one big mistake. Plastic. I had the translator talk to them about
> "potters problemos".
> We all have technical problems and that we share.
> I got an email about six months later...it just said, "tell the big gringo
> to come to mata ortiz
> and see us, no cracking pots. thanks". nice.
> I bet many of you laughed when you saw old refrigerators in potters
> studios, for three D work they'
> are wonderful. And some potters use plastic tubs with tight covers. get
> them at garage sales.
> I use thin sheet plastic with dozens of small holes punched in it. slow
> drying. it works.
> The plastic sheet and a plastic bucket changed the work of potters in a
> most dramatic way.
> Maybe the biggest change in the history of making pots. But, one size does
> not fit all things.
> website: www.melpots.com
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