Friday, July 01, 2011

Issac Button can throw a ton of clay into pots a day!



Students of ceramics and the austere beauty of hard work will love this film. Made in the 1960's it features English potter Issac Button, a man who makes herculean tasks appear effortless. I like the way he smokes a pipe while throwing, I like his simple robust pots. Issac Button claimed that he "never left a pub the same day I entered it!"
As a country potter myself I admire the plain way he goes about his daily work. We are very lucky to have a visual record of something at once so amazing and so ordinary.
Thanks to David Neale for putting the film up on his blog.

3 comments:

gerry said...

What does he do with the ton of slip on his apron?

Lori Buff said...

This is an amazing video, I watched the entire film a few years ago. I loved how he dug clay in a tie.

Sophie Milne said...

What a legend!

I like the cork in the bottle neck so as not to alter the form as it comes of the wheel.