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I was experimenting this week with some new forms for a toothbrush pot and playing around with the angle of the side walls.

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Initially I most liked the idea of the version that tapered inwards (front left) but as it sat there I went right off it.

This morning I was reading Jane Perryman’s newish book on smoke firing, and people’s comments on the meanings/feelings of the forms they create. Then it struck me, the reason the narrowing version doesnt work for me is that it feels heavy, earthbound, fearful, defensive, and like it’s cowering slightly, whereas the flaring versions feel much more confident and generous, springing off the shelf. IT rather took me by surprise just how much emotional stuff could be invested in the angle of the sides of a small pot!

All the versions have fairly thick rims, and I’m also enjoying these, and the play of light/shade across the outside/rim/inside… now considering ways of glazing them to enhance this little mini-drama.

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4 thoughts on “Pondering the character of form

    • Thanks Pete. Perhaps it’s because pots fit so closely to the shape of the body – I’ve noticed people read a lot of emotional character into the shape of chairs too, perhaps for the same reason…

    • Sure is, and the smallest difference of angle can make such a difference to the final look and feel, in ways you (I) can’t always predict in advance.

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