More of the Modern Art Pottery on the Way!

I’m not sure what’s driving this particular period in my work, but I sure am enjoying myself. The freedom I find in using underglazes as paint on clay as my canvas is pure creative joy.

Composition A - Piet Mondrian
Composition A – Piet Mondrian

The first piece had me thinking about Piet Mondrian, and there’s no doubt I love what he was doing. But when I look at my work, there’s more than this influencing the outcome. I’ve come to conclude that some of it is just the impact of being a teenager during the pop-art era. I love seeing the way the colors develop too, with real changes following the bisque and final glaze firings.

Bone-dry Goblets & Wine Bricks
Bone-dry Goblets & Wine Bricks

What started on my slab-ware pieces is now continuing onto thrown forms. The fact is that I rarely ever use the potter’s wheel anymore. Arthritis truly has had an impact on this side of my work. But since I have the great fortune of being married to my potter husband, Vic Duffhues, we can create pieces together. Actually, I can ask him to make specific items for me to play with; and truthfully said, this creative work is a form of play.

painting on pots
painting on pots

There are times when I feel my neck seizing, and the knots begin to form and I know it’s truly time to stop. However, in spite of the pain, I can’t put the brush down and my thoughts of quitting end up delayed by hours on end.

Drying Underglazes
Drying Underglazes

I really don’t know where this is going, or when it will wind itself into something new and different again, but I do know that the pieces that are coming out of the kilns these days fill me with happiness. Despite the fact that this is a series, each piece is unique. I consider color placement, consider the “movement” each stroke leads my eyes to follow.

Shelves of Bisque-Fired Goblets
Shelves of Bisque-Fired Goblets

The final firing is yet to come for these darlings, and it will result in a further enhancement and brightness of color. But I’m already excited and feeling happy to see them, and I am sure they will only go to people who can appreciate and feel the same joy in seeing and using them. After all, these are definitely happy pots.

Colorful Wine Brick & Goblets
Colorful Wine Brick & Goblets

We have managed to get some of the work through final firings. The goblets are $30 each, but will only be sold in pairs (to prevent being left with singles) or sets of 4. The wine brick sells for $50 and makes for a fabulous utensil holder or vase as well as a terrific wine brick.

Blueish Purples Palette
Blueish Purples Palette

I am really delighted with the final results. I can see myself developing various approaches to this work.

Green Palette Goblets
Green Palette Goblets

Different color palettes but with a unified original theme.

Goblets in Blues
Goblets in Blues

I’m getting some excited response to this work already and I’m so looking forward to showing it off this weekend on Sunday, August 25, at Arts on the Avenue in Ladysmith, BC.

Sunshine Goblets: red, yellow, orange with blue interiors
Sunshine Goblets: red, yellow, orange with blue interiors

There is bound to be further development in this series of painterly pots, and I’m already looking forward to the Rocky Creek Winery Tour in Ladysmith in September (more details later).

Colorful Bowl
Colorful Bowl

And I expect to enjoy painting on more and more pots. I think I’m adding some real FUN into our functional work.

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