Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, June 11, 19.4 Edmonton potter seeks perfect vessel EDMONTON (CP) Rick Green has his forearms in clay and his eyes fixed firmly on the future. He wants to develop the perfect pot and find the perfect glaze to cover it. At 23, he has time to fulfil that ambition. "It's a one-man said the former social worker who now does pottery at home. "That's what I like about it, a one- man job." He finds great satisfaction in knowing that his pieces are entirely his own creation. He said in an interview that he virtually gave up social work to follow his dream. He became frustrated with the pace at which government was moving in the field, started "throwing clay" at the University of Alberta students' union studio for diversion and found it was for him. "Of all the crafts, pottery has the most magic to it." Rick has been in pottery full-time for a year and admits that he'll never get wealthy at in the early years. "What you're able to do in a week is how you'll live that week. If I do it for money alone, it loses something. Caring is very important. "Sometimes I get too perfect for my own income. If I don't really like something, I won't sell it." Rick's tendency to be a perfectionist and his constant experimenting with ideas and colors for glazes result in long hours in his studio. "I'm trying for Scandinavian and three- dimenstional styles now." Rick has taught a city pottery class and now teachers beginner and advanced classes at the students' union studio. "I teach people to use body dynamics." He feels this is important for getting free-flowing pieces so that the design will speak for the pot. "Most stores had got into the rut of buying stereotyped pieces and people had become accustomed to buying that kind of pottery. It perpetuates the cycle of stores buying from big- name potters and the general public buying it because they've seen nothing different. "Most potters I know sell to stores because they have to, not because they want to. If I'm good they'll eventually come around." Sell direct Rick markets his pots through direct selling, the students' union, and frequent house shows. At a recent house show he had more than 300 pieces on display. "I think people buy my pieces because they're different and people like different things." There are three types of clay that potters use low, medium, and high fire. Rick uses medium- fire clay from Medicine Hat. "Most potters use the high-fire clay because it's a fast he said. He uses the medium variety because "far out things happen" with it. "The process of forming your pieces on the potter's wheel can be a most frustrating experience if the clay hasn't been John Deere Balers have more teeth 9utside the tractor tires Heavier hay and bigger cuts mean wider our quiet balers have extra-wide pickups. 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After the firing, the "bisqueware" is safe not fragile and can be stored for any length of time. When a glaze has been applied to the piece, the final firing is done. "This is where the fire takes control and you have to sit helplessly for a day or a week, depending on the size of your kiln." Not many potters have their own "recipe" for glaze colors they use a basic recipe or hire people, usually chemists, to do their chemistry for them. "I guess I'm kind of a chemist; I make all my own glazes." Experimenting with different chemical combinations to get individualistic glazes is time-consuming. He occasionally takes time off and does nothing but test glazes. "Lots of times you get glazes you don't expect so I write down formulas because sometimes they're hard to get back. "I use blue a lot. I have a good blue. No one else in Edmonton has a good blue." Every North American today, on the average, is consuming a larger volume of food than did his parents. 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