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Throwing on the Hump
After 5 years of training full time and thousands of hours producing, I finally have the confidence to show a little bit of the pottery process known as wheel throwing.
I had the pleasure of being photographed by Stephanie Parsley, a local photographer that is known as a wedding photographer (and many others) across the United States. In this photoshoot, I wanted to express the process of wheel throwing in detail - its essential steps - in my own way of "drawing in three dimensional space."
These photos show a specific technique called throwing on the 'hump,' which is a Japanese ceramic technique that allows the artist to make multiple pieces from one mead of clay. It's not appropriation, but appreciation in keeping their tradition alive and expanding one's creative ability. In this session, I explored the tradition of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic - the art of imperfection - and through self expression, finding my own process of perfection with using texture and manipulating shapes to the best of my ability.
Wheel throwing doesn't have to be about throwing a perfectly centered pot every time, but creating a piece that reflects the maker indefinitely.
"Artists live in a kind of participatory and anticipatory wholeness. They are committed to the form of things unknown. Tradition shows them that these forms are natural, selfless, and timeless at the same time that they are unique, present, and part of their own destiny."- Kenneth R. Beittel, "Zen and the art of Pottery."
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