It’s not unusual for me to be inspired by a texture tool. I collect new ones all the time either by making new clay stamps or running across a strange object. My newest acquisitions feature big in my texture patterns for the next several pieces I create.
I don’t know how much this goes noticed or unnoticed by my fans, but when I run across an older piece it always looks a little dated to me. This is especially true if that texture maker has been moved to storage and out of my go-to set of tools.
Yet every once in awhile I hit pay dirt with my finds and stamp making. I have some textures that appear over and over and over again in my work. A great example of this are my handmade texture rollers. I learned how to create them a few years ago and over time I’ve made so many different rollers that my least favorite ones have their very own storage container.
Originally, I made these rollers to create sections of lines close together or, with wider rollers, lines of stamped patterns. More often than not though I find myself using my favorites to create pinstripes.
It seems so strange to me that so much of my work is pinstriped. Anyone who has ever met me would tell you that I’m not a formal dresser – I’m not a snappy dresser at all. To me pinstripes have always implied formality – a word I wouldn’t use to describe my work.
I love the pinstriped pieces I’ve created though. I use them to provide a contrast to the more flowery patterns and textures I favor. They emphasize the roundness and belly I like to add to my forms as well as provide movement in a particular direction. They also provide a great, built-in, separation for my glaze and stain combination.
I am constantly coming up with new ideas to pair with pinstripes. I can’t even imagine not having them as a subseries to my texture patterns. Who knew my crazy, whimsical pieces really just needed a touch of formality?