Large Jar Project Sale
100 Large Jars
Thank you to everyone who came out to the pottery Friday night and Saturday morning. We were astonished with such overwhelming support from friends, family and customers. Several people camped over night in the mid-fall chill, others arrived during the middle of the night or at dawn to stand in line. The pots were an amazing spectacle even to those of us who have seen them in the workshop everyday. All of the pots sold out in under 20 minutes. Because of the amazing number of people and fantastic response to the work, many people who came very early were still too late to purchase a piece on that day. We took orders for almost 70 more large jars. We would like to thank everyone in line who showed full support and patience.
There is a growing large pot culture and tradition being born in North Carolina. Observing and being part of this development, I decided to embark on a large vessel project this past summer. The project derived from my time living in Northeast Thailand in the village of Phon Bok. In this rural potting village I worked with Thai potters producing big jars on a large scale. Having learned their technique for making big pots efficiently and effectively, I realized that there is not example of this kind in the USA. This project is intended to show how large pots can be produced in North Carolina using the South East Asian model.
Over the past three months I have made 100 large jars and fired my wood kiln five times. This extends well beyond my ordinary production run for pieces of this scale. Such a high number has pushed me out of my comfort level both physically and mentally. It has allowed me to see an evolution in my use of the Thai technique and my artistic development of form with fluid consistency. On average, each pot is made from 100 lbs of clay andholds 35-40 gal.
The pots are stamped ‘D’ as usual, but they are also dated with the year 2010 to mark this time in my career. This project is an evaluation of my time in Thailand, the first 7 years of my business, and marks the 30th firing in my large kiln. The pots are numbered in the order of production from 001- 100. This numbering system allows a clear track of the artistic evolution demonstrating an exploration of form through extended production. All one hundred pots will be for sale on October 23rd 2010 at my pottery.
The project consumed:
11,000 lbs of local clay rolled into 10,000 coils
5 firings in the 900 cubic foot wood kiln
25 gallons of glaze and slip
30 cords of scrap slab wood
800 lbs of salt