After she viewed my blog, my friend, mentor and fellow artist, Shirlee Aho Daulton, tells me:

“I liked the video. You did a good job.  One difference in my handle is that I leave a portion of clay for the handle as I pinch the pot.  I feel it’s more a part of it ……instead of adding on.”

This is a capital idea!  I have convince Shirley to let me video her pinch pot making for an entry on my blog.  Should everything go according to plan that will be posted  mid-December.  Being that the Arizona CLAY meeting is at my studio, December 5th I will be working full steam on making the studio presentable for the meeting; therefore,  it will be the second week of December by the time I get started on video tape.  I just wanted to give you that to look forward to.

Quite certainly, you know, I had no intentions of implying that I was the first and last word on pinch pots; “there is more than one way to skin a cat” as the proverbial saying goes.  Pinch pots of been around for thousands of years and every artist has their own way of making them.  Shirlee’s technique is exceptional as is her whole approach to art.  I’m excited to have the chance to share this with you.  In the mean time, just to whet your appetite.  I’ll show you one of Shirlee’s pinch pots

pinch pot mug created by Shirlee Aho Daulton

pinch pot mug created by Shirlee Aho Daulton

from my collection.

From a ball of clay Shirlee formed this vessel with the handle, the ornamental elements on either side of the handle were appliquéd on.  It was dipped in multiple glazes then fired to cone six.  This white stoneware mug was fired in an electric kiln for both the bisque and glaze firings.  I’m rather fond of Shirlee’s mug; it’s a pleasure to use.