As a person, sometimes you have a moment where you go to use something only to realize you don’t actually own what you want to use. As a potter, there’s a special version of that moment when it happens and you think to yourself, “Dang it. That’s something I can make!”
I experienced just this feeling last week as I searched the house for a vase to put flowers in. Small pitchers abounded–and I eventually settled on a mid-century coffee carafe–but the whole episode got me thinking I should probably put the dinnerware on hold for a few weeks and make a vase or two.
I didn’t have 500 Vases around, so I ended up flipping through The Best of 500 Ceramics. With a vase in mind, it was nice to see not only stellar examples of the form, but also some unusual ideas, pitchers, and sculptural work, too. Sometimes a wider pool is just the thing. Here’s a few forms for flowers that called to me:
The Best of 500 Ceramics is available wherever books are sold.