individual pots

fish dish

beastly vases

My first foray into something more individual was with my "beastly pots." These are open oven dishes, thrown on the wheel, with sculpted animal handles and decorated with lustres. The first beastly pots were fish, closely followed by lizards, with a few elephants thrown in for good measure. I no longer make elephant beastly dishes but lizards and fish are going strong.

Eventually the lizards felt restricted by the dish form so now some of them climb over vases while other vases attract butterflies.

lizard plate

For me, the natural progression from painting sculpted forms with lustres was to use my palette of underglaze colours and lustres to decorate flat surfaces so now increasingly the simple mug, bowl and plate forms are also decorated in individual styles and designs.