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Artist Profile: Ed Tyler's artistic whimsy. Pg 36

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  I started as a potter for a hobby in 1972. I worked exclusively on the potters wheel making utilitarian pieces.  Plates, bowls, cups, tea pots, casseroles, and all the usual pottery dishes were my goal.  I worked mainly with stoneware with a reduction firing and achieved some wonderful glazes and a style that I 

could call my own.

 

  In the early 80’s I took a break from pottery and I started again in 2009 after retiring from Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. as district manager.  After a couple of  years throwing on the wheel,  I started carving houses, barns, cities, etc. on some of the pots I was throwing.  I was fascinated with the textures I could achieve. Getting the perspective correct with this method of building square objects on a round pot is taxing.  I decided there was  greater  freedom in creating my  “Hallucinated Habitat” using a clay slab.  The most enjoyable part of making each piece is in the attachment of windows, doors, chimneys, foundations and porches. I never knew that I’d have the  patience to attend to such small, delicate detail.  

 

  As I start each piece, I wonder what the result will be.  My only conscious decision is what size I will build into the first wall.  This sets the limits on the rest of the house.  The houses seem to grow by their own devices and it amazes me that I can guide the clay in to some wonderful, surprising structures.  At times, my building is a little bizarre with walls sticking out in several planes.  Putting on some kind of a plausible roof is a challenge with these particular designs.  It is so gratifying to know that others have a little sense of the whimsy that these houses represent.

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