Portal Progress

I've spent the past few weeks throwing and turning and firing like crazy. Just the glazing and transfers left to finish the first portal series!

 

Infinite Jest

Though I'd heard his name before, I was recently properly introduced to the thoughts of David Foster Wallace through the film The End Of the Tour and the NPR podcast Fresh Air put out a show to mark its release along with an interview with Wallace from 1997. 

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/14/432161732/david-foster-wallace-the-fresh-air-interview

“An ad that pretends to be art is -- at absolute best -- like somebody who smiles warmly at you only because he wants something from you. This is dishonest, but what's sinister is the cumulative effect that such dishonesty has on us: since it offers a perfect facsimile or simulacrum of goodwill without goodwill's real spirit, it messes with our heads and eventually starts upping our defenses even in cases of genuine smiles and real art and true goodwill. It makes us feel confused and lonely and impotent and angry and scared. It causes despair.” 
― David Foster Wallace

QUALITY

Since reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance I have been fascinated with the idea of quality. It comes up a lot as I research definitions and understandings of Craftsmanship. Today I came across this quote by John Ruskin:

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship. Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved."

Project: Hang Ups

Currently working on a plate display project, making hangable plates! I've been Throwing lots of different forms and now i'm having a go at using a hydraulic press. It's such a great piece of kit!

Here are some pictures of my first thirty hot off the press. I'm trying out an architectural body thats very groggy, a stoneware, white earthenware and terracotta. Tomorrow i'll be turning them on the wheel ready for the first firing!