Saturday, October 13, 2007

One That Got Away / Slow Learner

One of the first things potters learn is about bottoms: how not to make them too thin, how to compress them well so they won't crack. And I think there are others who might let themselves be tempted to hope for the best when a pot has a questionably solid bottom, as did this one. But to then go on to spend lots of time tricking out a piece with decorative elements/doodads is just nuts! Those cracks will always show up, usually just at the very end of drying, dashing all hopes and making one feel generally foolish. So, before chucking it in the slop bucket for reclaim, I thought I would take a picture, as a little reminder against wishful thinking. Adios, amigo.

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