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Old Technique

Old Technique

At all times, potters all over the world had to find ways of coping with the clay, with the firing, the glazes or the texture of the body. This is still the case in our industrialized world today! It took me about twenty years, starting from the first pot, to reduce the percentage of rejects in my production. When dealing with the elements of fire, water, earth and air, one is at times almost tempted to give up.

A nice example for firing experiments are these two old Chinese porcelain pots. You can see reinforcing struts on the inner side of the pot which should prevent warping of the pot during the firing.




The technique was used for this famous old Chinese porcelain pot (Size: 31 cm x 22 cm x 12 cm), and the pot remained straight during the high firing.





However, this technique didn't help much in the case of this Chinese pot which is about 60 years old (Size: 22 cm x 16 cm x 16 cm); as you can see, it warped nevertheless. This technique is only rarely used today.



On this old pot too, the upper rim slightly warped to the inside.


The upper rim remained straight on this old pot, which was also due to the unproportionally wide lip. In the end, the extremely wide lip and the fine texture on the front don't match each other well.



The morale? See the first sentence above!


Peter Krebs


Photographs from the pot archive of Peter Krebs

Pot No. 2 is from the collection of Paul Lesniewicz.


Translation: Stefan Ulrich

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