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Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2010, 10:15 AM »
Thanks,
more motiffs to come.
That dragon pot shown is not high fired yet but will be ABOUT 10" x 5"- ish  when done I guess.
 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2010, 10:38 AM »
The turtle pot really got me thinking.  As soon as I can find a tree to go in it, I have an idea...
 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2010, 01:57 PM »
I don't know if I've said this before, Dale, but the closeup shots of your pots make me yearn for more income. The crispness of the lines, the attention to detail really impress. One of these days I will be purchasing some pots from you!

Chris
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2010, 07:44 PM »
Thank you so much Chris,
I'm the least philosophical guy you'll ever meet. Especially for an artist working in a few different mediums. I don't normally get into this much with folks except at shows when they ask me questions, but, I work on EVERY pot like it is the only one I worked on that day. I pay as much , or more, detail to the bottoms as I do the tops as that is where I look at first when I'm looking at another potters pots. I've tried to develope the skills needed to build pots right without having to depend on  things like block sanding, etc. to make them nice and square, flat and straight. I sometimes spend WAY too long trimming a pot because I want it perfect. I use flawed pots for myself or give to friends. I RARELY sell a flawed pot unless I'm sure it will be safe and a buyer is ALWAYS aware it is a 2nd, but sometimes I think they are so nice that I can't bear to toss them and a safe, unseen- when -potted flaw, doesn't disturb me.  I've seen MANY flawed pots from folks wayyyyy more famous than me!
There are potters who whip through things quickly, especially Japanese potters ( IMHO) , and especially if their  items sell well at great prices. I'll never be 'famous' and so my pots will never command huge prices but I'll put them up against anyones for attention to details.  A BIG part of the game of pottery is HYPE, as it is in bonsai, suiseki and about any other art you can think of. Hype is EQUALLY important as quality, and in fact, possibly, no probably, MORE important. Just think about some famous artists and their work no matter what the medium. It's true with pots as with any other art, if someone 'famous' in a field says your stuff is good, then it is!.... Period!
I often think about the famous young artist several years ago that had ugly ( to me) big paintings selling for ridiculous prices. I'm talking 'buy a home' prices! Turned out he was having a group of young artists paint them and then he signed his name. I remember reading about Sylvester Stallone ( I think)  buying one and when he found that out he sold it. The artist, when asked about it said Great, now it will sell for even more because he owned it! That is a perfect example of hype!
I'm always AMAZED at prices on famous potters tea bowls that I see from Japan. I think the idea is to see how many flaws you can put in them to make them 'earthy'. I can never understand the impression of quality sometimes and do realize it is a function of hype. I call them "3 minute pots ( including trimming) ", others drool over them and lay out the cash. But, to me, a flaw is a flaw and sloppy is sloppy.

As an artist I can only do what I think is right and fair and artistic. I TRY not to worry about the opinions of folks who don't like my work, or me, but thats not always easy. It's sure true that you can't please everyone, but, so far, I seem to please more folks than not.

I used to have a tag on my signature that was a favorite line by a popular motorcycle artist/builder Jesse James who I admire. When I heard it it really hit home with me. His comment was:
" If it's not perfect....then it's just junk!"
I'm not quite that hard on myself, but, I think about it more often than you would realize.

Regards,
Dale

 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2010, 08:04 PM »
Nice Dale as usual!! Your pots just keep getting better! Just a sign of a great artist ;)

A Friend in bonsai
John
 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2010, 04:50 PM »
Gday Dale & Co!

It's great to see the way that your style is continually evolving! I can vouch for your attention to detail and the quality of your craftsmanship.

At the risk of cross-forum spamming, I'm attaching a photo of a River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in a custom made Cochoy pot. The tree is looking a little the worse for wear, as it had been beset by caterpillars over the past week, but a prune and repot will fix things up. I love the pot, but at this stage am uncertain whether or not this tree will stay in it. If anybody is interested, the full story can be seen here.

Thanks.

Fly.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2010, 04:53 PM by FlyBri »
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2010, 12:03 PM »
Looks like it's growing good in the "screwed" pot Fly.
So, caterpillars are competing with the Koala's for Euc leaves huh?
Our caterpillars here don't smell like cough drops when we smash them :D

D.
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2010, 05:57 PM »
a couple more drying...........
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #38 on: January 22, 2010, 08:07 PM »
A couple newest things.
A large 17 1/2" oval and an 8" round bunjin
 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #39 on: January 22, 2010, 08:24 PM »
Dale
 
I really like the crater pot. It looks great.         andy
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #40 on: January 22, 2010, 08:45 PM »
Thanks Andy
 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2010, 09:12 PM »
Ah... You're Dale! Sorry, newbie here didn't know when someone mentioned you in another post. These are amazing!
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #42 on: March 04, 2010, 01:31 PM »
Fly,
Since mid-summer there, any new pics of the  Euc?

BTW, I see "Pacific" is starting here in March on HBO. Will we see your name in credits?

D.
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2011, 01:17 PM »
I just noticed I hadn't posted here with pots for over a year!
So, here is a new shot I just got from Colin Lewis. It is an ALDER of his that I made a custom pot for about 2 years ago. The pot is 16" INSIDE across and about 4" deep inside as I recall. It is gray clay with dark green Oribe glaze.
Nice tree Colin!
 

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Re: New here, Just a test post, some recent pots of mine.
« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2011, 07:20 AM »
STUNNING

Don't stop now. I just can't get enough of this.   ;)

big fan,