I saw Warren MacKenzie make this Altered Vase Form in the late '70s at a workshop I attended. He approached the throwing process very casually and relaxed as he carried on conversations with the audience.
This piece has always signified the idea that at one time the clay was a soft material and it retains a liveliness and vitality after being fired. It's something I consider and make attempts at with my work.
This Roped Jar with Shino Glaze is the only pot I kept from what was not a particularly good firing. It is a good reminder for me that sometimes I need to wait before a determination is made about a piece whether it's acceptable or not.
As I lived with this pot, my interest grew about Shino glazes and today I am fascinated by this family of glazes.