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Rhodespottery 1007 by rhodespottery Rhodespottery 1007 by rhodespottery
Raku fired vessel with red-orange underglaze, embellished with horsehair and tree branch lid handle. 6"W x 14"T.
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brathend Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
With all the comments about finding a new stick, I say that you should also keep the old stick, cause it would still be great on a larger pot. But hey it's still an amazing pot, and pottery is all about the process, not the end.
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Thanks very much. I guess someone liked it just the way it was...it sold a while ago.
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Britknee Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
How did you do the texture on the top like the black parts?
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Right after I throw the pot, I carve the design into the wet clay with a pencil.
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Britknee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
great idea!
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Simple ideas usually work out best for me ;-)
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corvusraven Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009   Filmographer
I love the handle and the glaze!
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Thank you very much!
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Psycho-Gaze Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The glaze is nice (as always), but I'm not too crazy about the actual stick.
Though oddly enough, the stick makes the whole vessel look like a lantern.
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Yeah, me too. Gotta find a new stick.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the incorporation of the branch as a found object!
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aileen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
I love the textures but would definitely vote against the huge handle. In fact, it could almost do without a handle at all...
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Thanks, I think you're right.
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writerlulu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
This is lovely. One part of me is drawn to the extreme size of the handle, and another wonders how the piece might benefit from a smaller, darker one. It's very calming to me…which is surprising, considering that red is usually a color of passion and/ or anger. It's my happy color, though, so I find this both soothing and stable in its organic expression.
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Thanks for the great comments. So far, four votes for a smaller handle (I voted twice)
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AmeriSwede Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Fabulous surface texture and color! Do you prepare your own underglazes Jerry, or are these available commercially? I love the richness of this red/orange!
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
I make all my own glazes. Very rarely, I'll use a commercial glaze, but only as an accent. Thanks again for all the kind comments!
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gravenimagez Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Artist
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Excellent. Love the colours; the black coming through the orange is mesmerizing. The handle is immediately attractive, the organic component is great, makes you want to touch it right away. Actually, I want to touch all of your work they look very tactile.
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Thank you very much!
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jambe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
The color is lovely and I especially like the lid! I'm not sure about the form — if I obscure the middle of the piece with my hand, the flares at the lip and base seem more complementary to a slight inward curve (hourglass-ish). That's not to say it's garish or unappealing to the eye; I simply tend to like clearly defined edges or blended, harmonious curves.

Also, I'm always blown away by your handles but this one seems big and unwieldy (even as compared to your other pieces). Also, the colours of the stick don't meld well with the piece. The form does complement the color pattern wonderfully, though!

I'm curious as to how you go about handle design. With a piece like this, do you start out with the branch selected or do you work it to some stage of completeness and then hunt for a specific handle?

Also, what's the binding material?
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Thanks for the comments! I agree that the hourglass profile is not as smooth as I would have liked. Also, I'm not as good a photographer as I want to be. The photo is taken more from above than from straight on, giving it a bad perspective--the top looks a lot bigger and more out of proportion than it really is. That said, I agree the stick handle could be a bit smaller. I picked up the stick about a year ago and set it aside. After I made the pot, I looked around for a stick to use as a handle and found it. I have a lot of pots waiting for handles, and a lot of handles waiting for pots; I try not to force either to conform to the other. If nothing matches, I'll wait. The binding material is synthetic sinew. Thanks again!
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DuckOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Gorgeous color. I like the form, too.
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rhodespottery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Thanks!
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DuckOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
You're welcome.
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