Mr. Cranky remarked "it's all about the white space" when I consulted him on how to treat the borders on my new blue & white plates. I have a penchant for decorating the hell out of anything that is not nailed down, so this advice gave me pause.
I really had to grit my teeth on this one, but just look at how I held back. Mr. Cranky still thinks the half flowers on these are a bit large.
If you think this is still a pretty full border treatment, see at how I have done it in the past~
pedestal dish, intense decoration
I have backed off from this level of density in my recent work, but still, I had to really try to restrain my impulse to totally fill the borders of the new hand-built plates. My old, complex style would work against the soft undulating rhythm of the new plate form, stiffening and ordering the edges to form an overly tight frame around the image.
I spy a hummingbird
Mr. Cranky is always right in these aesthetic discussions, I already know that, so I just go with it. I'll put up pictures when these have been glazed and fired, and you will see what I mean.