Swinging the hammer of judgment is one of the most anticipated yearly studio activities for a lot of potters.
Some artists choose to just swing the hammer all year round, but I prefer to save up all of the messed up pots, setting them in the nooks and crannies of the firing room and garden.
I save them for a special day… SMASH POT DAY!
I traditionally save this special day for the end of the year, but I really can hardly wait to swing the hammer on this year’s accumulated ware. A lot of these pieces are gorgeous, but they have one flaw or another… a crack, a stuck lid, a glaze that ran off, kiln wash fired into the surface, the list goes on and on.
“Smash it up and plan for the next year”… that’s my motto.