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Living Green, Decanter by metranisome Living Green, Decanter by metranisome
Decanter, thrown in sections and stacked together.
Cone 10 Reduction
Clay- Amador (red-brown stoneware)
Glaze- Reitz Green

This was the result of a sectional stacked piece for class. I wanted to make an organic shape out of simple stacked parts. I plan on continuing this theme with organic variations.

After I made this I realized I must have loosely based it off of [link] by :iconmoodepots: As his work is a clear inspiration for this piece.
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TromKehra Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student General Artist
I just made a batch of Reitz Green, and I was wondering if I should put my test tiles in an area of my kiln where it gets that mix of reduction and oxidation. When you allow the pot to be in an area were it can oxidize do you get results of more black on the pot?
yuggleganesh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Its amazing,it reminds me of bamboo,great work,
dlwooten Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice gesture, I personally am a hand builder but i would suggest throwing several different shapes and assembling them afterwords to play with form. This is something i did that helped me a lot but with hand building .
AlyKatGlassCreations Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
GREAT piece!! It's very Dr. Seuss ~ one of my all-time favorites :hug:
metranisome Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you very much!
Shnapalo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Very cool. Were all sections thrown separately?
metranisome Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Artist
Yes, they were trown one at a time and stacked when the clay had dried enough for it to suppost itself.
Little-Vampire Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I truly find interesting the shape of this decanter, it really recalls a bamboo cane, yet it's curved. Lovely choice in the colour, I like it :D
Claan22 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
I totally love this. It looks almost like it's made out of bamboo... very cool.

It makes me want to try stacking wheel-thrown shapes myself.
vtglassartist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not really sure what else I can say about this piece other than "wow". This is one of the most creative functional pieces I've seen.
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Nice. I like how it looks like bamboo, but isn't stiff, instead it looks alive, like it has its own personality.
Itti Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks like a haughty woman with her hand on her hip, telling someone off perhaps or just displeased. Very cool work, I love the bright colour and the way it looks like it's all been balanced on top of each other haphazardly. It gives off a fun and cheeky vibe. Great work!
theFireflyHotaru Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Lovely work. Really, you came up with a great, unique piece that incorporates the symmetry of thrown pieces, but in the context of a more organic hand-built form. I love the movement through the base to the top of the piece, that sort of wave or rippled like quality to it that's complimented by the color of the glaze which relates the shape more to an aquatic sort of form-- it reminds me of either the water itself, or something you might find on a reef out in the ocean. My only issues with this piece are that the spout and handle contrast with the shape of the body of the piece, making it's form feel slightly awkward. The shape of the handle, with it's more dramatic curves, makes the curve in the thrown portions feel incomplete; you might want to try either adding a more dramatic curve or alter the handle so that it better suits the over all piece. The spout, also, doesn't really suit the rest of the form; it's straight form contrasts with the rest of the piece and keeps it from feeling completely cohesive; the straight form kind of breaks that wave-like feel. However, I could see these two forms, handle and spout, being purposeful as well, in that they show a sort of transition when you put them all together-- dramatically curved spout, less dramatic body, straight spout. I'm not sure if that's what you were going for, though. If you weren't, you might want to consider how the added forms affect the feel of the work as a whole. Overall, I really love this piece. Great work!!!!
metranisome Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you soo much for such an in depth critique! It’s wonderful to have others give critical analysis on my work, which I feel I can never get enough of (Hint hint everyone else!)
For the handle, I added it to somewhat "hold" the body in alignment, I wanted it to compensate the curve and seem to hold it up standing, as without it the piece really seems like its falling over. I can easily see how its curve can really overshadow the other curves on the piece, and I feel maybe have overlooked that fact. When creating the curve on it I wanted to use a very elegant style in order to make the viewer see images of the elegance and character in the piece. Without it I felt the piece only had an organic character and little depth in a fantasy sense. I wanted people to feel like it was an ordinary straight pot that moved all on its own. As for the spout it was a challenge for me. Giving it a curve in either direction seemed to look more awkward then it does now. Pulling it down made it appear droopy and pulling it up made it looks like it wont/does not pour. In the end I simply left it straight because it seemed to give me a feeling like its urging to be used and not ignored. I thought out a lot on the piece, but overall I do feel I can perfect the ideas on it more. As you mentioned, there do seem to be a few awkward touches and I can probably attribute that to my forethought not being apparent and the fact that I've had one feeling on the piece override another. I can say that I’m making more of these and hope to give them very different characteristics then this one.
Demi-Plum Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i love teapots. it's beautiful! unique and wonderful!
MoodePots Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Nice!!! Much more bamboo like than mine. Very cool.
dorothytu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
i'm going to make inspiration out of this wonderful piece of yours for my ap 2-d breadth piece :) thank you for this beautiful piece!
metranisome Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Artist
Ohh! I’m soo glad to hear my work comes as an inspiration! Please post your finished project, I would absolutely love to see what you create.
cl2007 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
nice work... :D

I've been influenced by his work also (just getting bisque fired now)

you might want to check out a new group #Ceramic-Art if you haven' already.
senayakdemir Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
great one, congrats
houkougirl13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool. I love the shape. :D
Rokte Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Such supreme contour!

Bravo! :clap:
PyroJo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
LOVE this!
metranisome Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you!
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