The challenge with ceramics is that you have 2 aesthetic components to consider: form style and glaze decoration. Getting the hang of marrying the two each and every time can take decades of testing and practice. It is my personal opinion that if one has a wild glaze pattern it should take place on a simple and quiet form. A light looking piece should feel heavy in the hand and a heavy looking one light as a feather. I'm contrary that way. Mikhail Zakin was always on my case about this. She said the structure of my forms should match the passion of my glazes to let the piece run wild. It took years for me to see her point and my sculptural work is getting more and more over the top, but my more functional forms are still pretty simple. She died before I hit my stride. I miss her, but hear her screaming at me over my shoulder to excel on daily basis.

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