The year was 1993, my son was a junior in high school when he took ceramics for the first time. He came home with terms like “wedging clay’ “the slab roller” “bending cones” I began to wonder just what kind of class this was? I knew nothing about how to make a ceramic pot and when my son first mentioned it I was a little skeptical. I remember my first projects in grammar school and playing with clay and the multitude of “ash trays” all the school chums made.
He told me he was going to make me some pots…..I said uh huh…
He did make me some pots. They were damn good too. In all he made me about twelve pots. Some were very large like the blueish one in the photo below. It was about 22 inches wide and about three inches tall. Nice pot and I wish I had all of them back. Many of them were sold with the tree in them.
This is the largest one. It had a glaze on it that looked like metal and was mottled colors of blue and green. I put this elm group in it.
He made this drum pot. I did not own a drum pot of this quality. I could not figure out how he made the rows of nail heads so well and made the small pyramids of nail heads at the quarters. The nail heads were also of a different color clay. Of all the pots he made I wish I had this one back for sure. The tree…not so much….
This pot was glazed in this white color. It is the only pot I have from his high school days. I cherish this one and will try my hardest to never let this one get away. It houses my Wizard of Oz tree that was started from seed by Ed Clark in 1981.
I have a lot of pots in the attic of my garage and have not looked in those boxes for a long time. I need to check them out, there just may be a shohin sized pot from my son in there. Now wouldn’t that be just peachy.