The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
There are so many ways to make a clay box. And so many different shapes. Many things to consider and sometimes. none. There is the interaction between the use and the user. The artist and the process.
In the beginning there are many things to consider. Much of it--intuitive, some of it--planned and all of it--discovery.
How to lift the lid? Is it comfortable to lift with this type of knob or no knob? Does there need to be a knob? Is the knob the finishing touch? Does it bring together all the other design elements? Is the knob the cherry on the top? And where does it fit between utility and value? What about the interaction between the form and the visual content?
This little slab box encompasses a little painting of the woods. It was made simply and with little seaming. I wanted to explore the notion of containment and curiosity. Of ritual and utility. Mainly I just like making boxes! Next post I will show how I made this simple, slab box for those of you who are curious....stay tuned for part 2........