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.
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.
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.
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?
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!