Collaborative Work

May 2, 2018

This is a three dimensional ceramic something or other that is now gracing the deck of my backyard deck. It stands about two feet tall, and it's heavy. I helped to make it, but I could never have created this on my own. I worked with two other students in last semester's ceramic class to build the different pieces, slip and score them together, paint, bisque, glaze and fire it.

 

We learned a lot by making this piece and I don't think any one of us would have composed this particular structure on her own. That's what I love about it. We brainstormed together, fitted this shape with that, rearranged it several times, working on the project for several weeks. 

 

The final product of pretty much anything I make is something of a surprise. I have an idea which I try to bring to fruition but so many other forces are at work: my skill level, the kiln gods, chemistry and physics. In the end, a piece is itself, separate from me, rather like a child. I have hopes and dreams for a pot, but it often turns out differently than I expected. Like life, I suppose. 

 

This is especially true with collaborative work. And that's why it's so wonderful. I like and admire my collaborators, respect their opinions and their capacity for hard work. It was a pleasure to work with them. So the process was fun. And now I look at the final product and think, it's me but it's not me. It exists independent of me. I smile when I look at it. 

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Recent Posts

September 8, 2018

September 4, 2018

August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018

August 22, 2018

August 1, 2018

June 18, 2018

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square