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Clay and Pottery

Clay and Pottery

 

That clay is malleable in its plastic consistency is its most elementar feature. From the wheel technique and slab technique to the earliest pottery method, the coil technique, clay can be shaped according to your wishes. There are no limits to the imagination.

 

 

 

Clay resources in surface mining, the clay is one foot beneath the surface.

 

All potters have something in common, they have to subordinate to the demands of the material and to the rules that determine the art of pottery. Earth, water, fire and air are the elements with which a potter must harmonise.

The ideas that precede the design of a container and the creative hand movements are the personal signature of each potter.

Beginners have diverse reasons for getting into pottery as it seems so easy. It is quite easy to make a nice pot from ready to use clay but it is less easy if you are a little ambitious to get over the stadium of handicraft work and don't settle for mediocre results.

This is the beginning of a bonsai potter and the studies go on for life! This is the true secret of the art, when even the most plain pot has a well balanced shape in the viewpoint of bonsai aesthetics, and this determines its real value.

 

The consistency of the clay and the firing temperature determine the quality of a good pot. Here are some examples of great Asian pottery art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Krebs

 

Photographs: Pot archive Peter Krebs

 

Translation: Heike van Gunst


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