When a dear customer asked if I could make her a honey pot to match her tea pot, I said sure. As soon as she gave it back to me, I shook my head inside. It didn't look like the yellow glaze that had become my favorite, and that I had right on hand. That was a glaze I hadn't used in years. Was it still available?
So off I went to Highwater Clay, the toy store for potters in the Asheville NC area. YES. A butter yellow was still available, and on the shelf.
And when I put three coats on the honey pots (the second ones I made...more on that later), they came out a bit brighter, and with some touches of green in places. Would my customer take them, I wondered.
The reason they were the second ones is that I kind of imagined too much shrinkage for the first two, and made huge ones. I haven't glazed them, and probably will toss them. Another learning experience!
Fortunately Gayle liked the second ones I made, and I never mentioned the first ones.
Why two, you may ask? She had a friend who loved honey and wanted to give her one also.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” — Scott Adams, Creator of the Dilbert comic strip / Author.