Well here is my (Linda Starr) newly built vase for a critique. I was going to post something for critique quite a while ago and kept putting it off and later I forgot about it. This afternoon I completed this Clary Sage Vase and asked my husband about it. He said "nice", which wasn't quite what I had in mind for an opinion. Then I remembered our 'critique my pot' blog. So here are some photos of my freshly completed vase.
The vase is constructed from B-Mix porcelain clay from slabs impressed with Clary sage leaves from my garden. The vase stands 13.25 inches tall and 9.25 inches wide at the widest point. In keeping with my blogs most recent post about details, I also impressed a leaf on the bottom of the vase along with my signature. I am unable to get a photo of the bottom at this point since the vase is still too soft to move about much.
This form is different from other styles of slab built vases I have made. Other vases I've made have been cylindrical in shape. Last year I made a couple of vases similar to this with pinched sides, but they were symmetrical and heavily textured. Today I had an inspiration to make a more organic shaped vase with free flowing sides and decided to give it a try. The front and back are the same shape with each side being asymmetrical. I debated whether to press the round seed heads into the clay at the sides or leave them plain. In the end I added a few randomly placed along the edges.
I'm just now looking at the photos of the vase myself. After I added the bottom to the vase I see the bottom of the lower leaf was obliterated. I intend to touch up the bottom leaf to extend to the very bottom of the vase. I'd like to glaze the vase similar to my black bamboo pitcher with a green celadon background and teadust leaves which makes a nice contrast. Either that or a mottled stain of olive, green and brown kind of splotchy on the outside and watertight liner glaze on the interior.
Anyway here's my vase, please let me know what you think. Sorry about the quality of the photos, but my studio seems to put a tanish pink tone on the all the photos and I don't dare move this vase anywhere just yet. Thanks in advance for your advice and thoughts.