Blair Meerfield Workshop - May 2008
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May 3, 2008 Workshop-
Blair Meerfield stopped by this past weekend to give us a workshop.
What a guy, what a potter-
As I walked in, Blair was already looking comfortable sitting at the kickwheel, bucket in place, clay at his side.
It looked as if he'd worked at that same wheel for years, he simply fits into the smudgey environs of a studio.
Blair and his pots..they're just simply "cool".
He spoke with us about pots and politics, a little of everything, and he fit in like one of the gang.
Just a guy, who loves clay.
His approach to his pots is what many have been attempting to emulate for years.
They are relaxed and unpretentious, they just work for the eye.
Theres a calm flow about his pieces, maybe more of a groove really...but lets start at the beginning.
The pots began as simple shapes, bucket, cylinder, round vase.
Nothing about them remarkable in anyway, just pots.
But it's the way he works the clay, and finishes the piece that makes it all make sense.
The bucket transforms into a house, the cylinder into an oval with subtle curvaceousness along it's body, and sharp angular corners.
And that round vase? It became a teapot of course.
I loved the idea that he doesnt try to hide his method. A joint is a joint, we all know it's there, so why try to hide it.
He hand carves the foot on a bucket, again, simple and straight forward in his methodology. Nothing fancy, and no tricks up his sleeve.
Blair turns hunks of clay into old metal buckets and oil cans and whatever else feels right to him.
No magic involved here, just simple shapes and subtle designs that work for both potter, and collector alike.
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