I've been wondering lately why I feel slightly uncomfortable when I use the word 'decorate' in relation to my work. I don't want it to bother me... but it does... a little. Is it because there is something slightly 'twee' or (heaven forbid) 'crafty' about the term?
Dictionary.com defines 'decorate' as "to finish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming".
When I spend the day 'decorating', as I did today, I am brushing engobes onto the surface of a dry or leatherhard pot; I am defining areas with colour, thinking about contrast and cohesion; I am scratching marks and attempting to conjure evocative imagery; I am considering the finish of the piece in relation to its form and function.