Persevering with Pottery

There is something about fingering a ball of clay that is mesmerising.  I have been doing so, on and off since the 80s and though I never produced any masterpiece I never tire of mangling lumps of clay into something resembling something.

Now that I have one deformed hand with fingers that insist on hitting the wrong key as I write, the forms I can wrangle are getting more abstract.  I don’t mind it as they are what they are as I am what I am.


A very off-centred wheel thrown bowl on a roughly formed slab platter


Two sets of ink dishes and brush rests for my friends Amy and Fred in Vancouver


A set of ink dish and brush rest for my best student and now good friend, Ang.


An orchid pot with a Dendrobium for my friend Jan


Various orchid mounts are still hanging around.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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21 Responses to Persevering with Pottery

  1. Your pieces are so full of character and life ..they seem somehow ‘dynamic’.

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Your pieces are really beautiful and organic. I love the bowl on the slab.

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  3. gaiainaction says:

    Wow Mary but they are so beautiful, what brilliant work. I love ceramics too. Your colours are so striking, I really love them.

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  4. taphian says:

    I really do love your wonderful ceramic works. They look very modern and made with a lot of love and talent. Really good ideas, too, dear Mary. Everybody would be glad to get such a piece. Have a nice, sunny day, kind regards Mitza

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  5. These are all something to be proud of; I especially love the mounted orchid pot! I’d love to get started in pottery but it’s hard to find someplace inexpensive to fire it around here, or so my artist friends tell me. I should see if someone in the neighborhood would like to build a community kiln…

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  6. Good work, Mary. That bowl is especially splendid. So sorry about your hand.


  7. They look perfect to me. i see lots of stuff like this in Korea. The imperfection holds aesthetic value to the Korean sensibility. Nothing to do with poetry but on the theme of imperfection as beauty, Korean gardens are often full of rocks with some subjective semblance to a thing the viewer may themselves construct. The rock is not tampered with. They will usually cultivate the moss. i know an enlightened man who like petrified wood & smooths it then varnishes it to protect the imperfection & has a whole room full of them, which he has collected from around the forests surrounding his house. Your pieces remind me so much of all these natural objects. Keep striving for imperfection. Also, thanks for following, i am honoured to be followed by who must be the most re-blogged poet on WordPress.

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  8. oglach says:

    The calligraphy sets are very elegant. The bowl and platter are also works of art.

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  9. Notes From the Spider Farm says:

    Keep wrangling! Words. Clay. Ink, Inspiring…

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