November 9 and 10- Workshop with Jack Troy

Things Jack taught us:

When we throw we are using , both sides of our brain.

We open using the right side of our brain, our outside hand uses the left.

Throwing rings on a finished piece remind us that the cup is made out of a material that once was plastic.

Unanswerable question: How do you bring your identity to a cup? How do you know it is really yours?

Do small well.

An important part of a finished pot is the sound it makes.

Pay attention to the interior of your pot.

What would happen iff you filled your pot with cement and then broke the clay away? 

Everytime you use a rib to remove slip you stiffen and strengthen the clay.

I like clay with a lot of feldspar in it.

The Japanese often put their tongue on the bare clay at the foot of the pot to get a sense of the clay itself.

Jack starts his day at the wheel throwing small things first and work bigger as the day goes on. 

Unanswerable question: Why are pots closest to the equator the roundest?

In scandinavia the esthetic is tall and thin.

The early American potters were paid one cent a gallon for throwing pots,

but had to throw at least 100 gallons a day.

Jack's birthday is May 8.  (Mine is May 6


Jack Troy, teacher, potter, and writer, retired from Juniata College in 2006, where he taught for 39 years. He has led over 185 workshops for potters at colleges, universities, and art centers in the U. S. and abroad. His career has taken him to 13 countries, and his work is in many private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan), Auckland (NZ) Museum of Art and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

Jack Troy

His first book, Salt Glazed Ceramics, was published in 1977. In 1978 he built Pennsylvania’s first anagama-style kiln at Juniata College, and personal anagamas at his home in 1987 and 2006. In 1995 he published Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain. His collection of poems, Calling the Planet Home, was published in 2003 and more than 60 of his articles, book reviews, and exhibition catalogue essays have appeared in the major periodicals in his field. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awarded him two Craft Fellowships for his work in ceramics, and a Fellowship in Literature for his poetry. He was selected by the Council to make the awards for the 2005 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.