Friday, April 11, 2008

Studio Scenery

by Eleanor Hendriks

Now I don't mean what you will see if you look out my studio windows -that's just all brown mud and slush and will be for a little while yet!

What I mean by studio scenery is the most lovely sight of all...

I just love seeing this... ...turn into this... ...and this... ...or this... I have always loved to look at rows of freshly thrown or finished pots. I wanted to take pictures of rows of pots even before I had a digital camera with the freedom to snap pictures of any old thing without fear of wasting film. I like pictures of pots in progress even better than pictures of the finished pieces. The finished glaze surface interferes with the experience of pure form that is more possible when the clay still has it's soft skin. And I like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from seeing many pleasing objects that I made all together. And perhaps, even after 17 years, there remains the thrill of knowing that I can now do something well that was once HARD!

Does anyone else sometimes treasure the process more than the finished products?


Sam said...

Eleanor....those are so beautiful!! I can smell the clay from here.

I like some processes, and some parts of processes more than others. Generally though, I think the process is the fun part.

I am always so amazed by your creations!


Cynthia said...

So freaking amazing - I love the way freshly thrown pots look!

Cheryl Alena Bartram said...

I also love the look of freshly thrown pots. I throw porcelain and I like the look so much that I find that I just want to give it a clear glaze to retain the beauty.

You make beautiful stuff, great blog!

Anonymous said...

Those are awesome! I can see why you would want to take pictures of them.

Emily Murphy said...

I love the series of images! I just linked to this blog post on my blog:

My answer to your question about process is "Yes, I do!"

CREATIVEGoddess said...

Very cool. One day I'll get my hands dirty with clay.

Anne Webb said...

I love the look of greenware. maybe its the way the unglazed surfaces catch the light..

Nice job Eleanor :)

Tim said...

Eleanor, I really like the group dynamic that a board full of pots has. I slip decorate a local earthenware clay and the site of a bunch of slipped pieces has fascinated me for 30 years now.

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