I have a goal. I’m going to make 500 cups.
This isn’t just a numbers game like repetitions of chin-ups or laps in the pool. I have an idea.
The idea started with this video. Pete Pinnell: Thoughts on cups.
I listened to what he has to say about cups as an intimate object. Yes. I get it. Held in your hand. Then touching your lips. Yes. Intimate object.
Throughout this process I’m questioning. Like: What is functional? What am was I trying to say with these cups? Is it important that they are functional? Do I want them to have a narrative? How obvious should that narrative be? And then: What do I want to say with the forms? Should they be generous with larger, more bellied mug shapes? Or simple, straightforward shapes with the decoration carrying the day? What am I trying to do here?
I keep practicing. At this point (mid-November) I’ve made 67 cups.
Then the thought occurs, “I need to make 500 cups.” So I think about that idea for awhile. Is this really something that I want to do?
I make more cups.
I’ve been documenting them as I go. Here is cup #1.
This tiny cup was somewhere around #20. Espresso size – struggling with wet size vs. fired size.
Mid-30s. Handles are getting better. Working on decoration and glaze, but still challenged by size.
Around 100 begin to feel like I’m getting somewhere. This one has a flaw in the glaze – I cannot use city tap water in the glaze.
#110. Using stamps for a different effect.
Then sgraffito leaves and paper resist to create the surfaces.
Now playing with shapes. Trying to increase the capacity.
Or make them tall and skinny like a Greyhound.
From the last firing. Simple shape with leaf decoration and glaze.
Still have a ways to go to get to where I want them. The question now is when are they going to be ready to sell? Do I feel comfortable doing that? Maybe I want to reach the 500 mark before I do that?