I read the feature and did what I recommend you do: I followed links to his shop and checked out his listings.
The attractive photo for this cup caught my attention. The algae stained wooden bench captured and drew out the color of the green ash glaze build-up on the surface of the cup. Artistic photography helped market the cup because it drew my attention to a sweet detail. The thoughtful marketing photo was the deal sealer for me.
|Photo by Adam Knoche|
That said, there have been times when I've seen work I've previously admired in photos and been disappointed because the piece didn't live up to the great photo work. That's not the case here.
I generally prefer a cup without a handle, but I really like the shape and position of the handle on this cup. The form is strong and purposely designed, yet it is by no means tight. The gentle slumping and casual out-of-round rim gives the piece a relaxed and comfortable appearance and feel. Adam recessed the foot of the cup by tapping it in during the trimming process, allowing it to sit on a ring rather than a flat bottom. Everything adds up to an attractive and visually well balanced cup.
Wood firing can produce wonderful colors. When I look at the glaze on this cup I see deep chocolate browns, metallic blacks and dark iron blushes with specks of green. As a potter I can admire how he forced an almost magical reduction atmosphere during the cooling process.
Take an opportunity to visit Adam Knoche's Mudhole Pottery Etsy shop. He can also be found at www.knocheclay.com. I hope you discover something you'll enjoy!