Experimenting with different designs. Hopefully they come out okay after the firing. It's always a guessing game. Make the best guess I can make and hope for the best. Much like life! Sometimes things turn out like I thought they would, other times better or worse. Pottery has helped me see that.
I have also learned a lot from friends I have met through ceramics. Someone's mistake might be another's treasure @tru_rutan. Some pieces can be tossed after they've served their purpose of educating @takemitsuruta@tsurutastudio. The image in my mind is unique to me, which in turn makes everything subjective @rogeryee@redoxclay. Sometimes good enough is perfect @jordanminer_. Sometimes spending more time on a piece shows a respect for the longevity of the work @me_ceramics. Be bold @__itsrosie. Work hard, then work harder @east2westpottery. It's okay to eat Doritos in moderation @if_chung. 🙂
Barro negro ("black clay") is a style of pottery from Oaxaca, Mexico, distinguished by its color, sheen and unique designs.
For centuries, this pottery style had been available only in a grayish matte finish.
However, in the 1950s, a potter from Oaxaca named Doña Rosa Real discovered that she could change the color and shine of the pieces by polishing the clay pieces and firing them at a slightly lower temperature. Just before the formed clay piece is completely dry, it is polished with a quartz stone to compress the surface. After firing, the piece emerges a shiny black instead of a dull gray.