PINCHING BALLS…

…is one of my favorite ways to make cups. 

Often, during a cycle of making new pots I’ll end up stuck. New design ideas don’t pan out, or I dont have the techinical skill to make what I want. 

Rather than sit suspended in frustration, I’ve found it is useful do something familiar for a day or two. This usually clears my mind for fresh ideas, because I don’t need to concentrate so hard on familiar processes. Even better, I have something to show for a days work. 

Pinching balls into cups and bowls was the first thing I learned from my mentor, and these things are still some of my best sellers.  The process is simple and efficient, and can be easy or difficult depending on the clay.