Making pottery that looks beautiful is one type of challenge. Making pottery that functions well is another. But making pottery that looks beautiful AND functions well, that is even more tricky. It is what we all strive for, but sometimes we do not consider how the two work together. It is all too easy to concentrate on one or the other, rather than both. Our good friend Robin Hopper wrote the book on considering both (literally – see Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose), and he also made a DVD adaptation of said book.

 

Today, I am excerpting a clip from that DVD. In it, Robin demonstrates throwing a simple sauce boat on the potters wheel, while discussing the aesthetic and functional issues that go into its design. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

 

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This clip was excerpted from Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design, which is available now in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore.
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