I like to think of the new year as a time to reflect and plan. And this year is no different. But I think 2013 is holding some big surprises for us. We are contemplating a big move out of Atlanta, and I'm hoping to change the direction of my business. Both of these things are scary for us.
But, let's start with the "easy" stuff.
I started a "52 Teapot" challenge. Initiated by a fellow potter and friend, Melissa Bridgman. She is doing a "52 Pitcher" challenge, and I thought it would be great practice to do something similar.
The idea is that we would produce one teapot/pitcher per week for the entire year. I know that that schedule will not work for me. I like to work in multiples, so I will be aiming for 52 teapots over the course of the year. Not working on a weekly schedule, but more likely a monthly schedule. Some weeks making more, some weeks not making any at all.
Why teapots? Well, teapots are challenging for me. I spend most of my time making cake stands. And a teapot is a completely different design challenge. There are multiple parts that have to work together- body, lid, spout, handle. Plus any design elements.
I expect this to be an exploration. I don't know how many will actually make it to the final product, I imagine some will get thrown out along the way.
Here are the first three. These are in the greenware stage (unfired, unglazed, unfinished)