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Monthly Theme Day – May 2013 – The creative artisan #1883

Frank Jung learned potting as a apprentice production thrower in a factory in Höhr-Grenzhausen, one of the centres of ceramics in Germany,

First, you do menial tasks (clean up after the journeymen potters, load and unload kilns) and then you’re shown how to throw pots.

After a while (and if you’re good enough), they’ll give you lump of clay weighing exactly, say 200g, and you make a plate. Then another. Then another. Then another.

At some stage, you can almost do it with your eyes closed and you’ll be able to produce a perfect piece every time.

You can still see that training in his work today.

We visited Frank and his wife Ingrid (know them quite well) with another friend, Jane Hamlyn, world-renowned and one of the great studio potters.

She looked at the perfection of his throwing (and she’s not too bad herself, as you can imagine..) and said “These plates are just so exquisitely thrown – I can’t believe how flat he gets the base”

Frank looks all embarrassed and says “Well, I’ve got these really good kiln shelves….”

Jane just gives him a look that says “Yeah, right….”

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This entry was published on 1 May, 2013 at 10:00. It’s filed under Art, Mainz, Monthly Theme Day and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

10 thoughts on “Monthly Theme Day – May 2013 – The creative artisan #1883

  1. very good poc for the theme 🙂

  2. starbuck5250 on said:

    After all these years, he is still very focused on his work. A beautiful portrait of the artist!

  3. Love this photo, captured perfectly the concentration of the artisan at work.

  4. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks, it would be so satisfying to make something that was presentable like these plates. Excellent post for the theme MDP.

  5. PERFECT shot for today! You have quite a few artisan friends, many potters among them…or so it seems.

  6. Fery focused artist

  7. i remember trying the pottery wheel in art class back in high school…not as easy as it looks!

  8. Perfect theme day shot, I can feel the concentration

  9. Beautiful photo, the concentration, the movement, light…

  10. Nice image, and it includes lots of concentration.

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