I find it so interesting what the buying public likes!
I have tried really hard to master high-fire cone 10 reduction glazes, especially copper reds, chuns, and the old Oriental glazes.
I’ve also worked really hard to develop a throwing style that is as perfect as I can make.
Here comes the interesting part!
I recently decided to throw a big quantity of reclaimed clay into simple, imperfect functional ware, glazes with a simple white glaze and a clear glaze with some Mason Stains colorants.
This is something that I can do with my eyes shut…no stress, no big design decisions, no crazy glazes combinations that are difficult to control and the firing is faster as I’m not worried about keeping the kiln in reduction.
So when people raved, loved and bought this more simple version of my pottery, I found it both interesting and frustrating!
It’s the market, what’s in style.
But for me, I find the more difficult, harder to achieve pieces more exciting and fun to make! But they don’t sell as well! (sad face).
So, what’s the solution? I don’t know, but I guess I’ll just do both! I can’t have recycled clay unless I make the good stuff! So the cycle of pottery goes.
Let me know what you think!
Keep crazy. Keep potting.