Here is an update for what I have been working on.
Recently I have decided to explore adding texture to pieces I know very well such as Sencha Chawan, Yunomi, and Matcha Chawan. This texture is resolved by adding a thick slip to a piece in the process of being thrown. After adding the slip, heat is applied to the surface of the slip until it starts to crack and become brittle. Then you have to belly out the piece by pressing from the interior-out without touching the surface, so that the texture you added will survive and not become muddled. I am pleased with the results from this last firing of the semester and has me visualizing how I can push these forms further.
In the image above you can see Sencha Chawan nesting within a strip of bark. This was an idea from early on in the semester and it is nice to not only see that idea resolved, but that the two mediums work very nicely with one another. Further investigations of these hybrids will be conducted because although things are slowly working out it is my firm belief I am merely scratching the surface for what can be done in regards to branches, weaving, and ceramics.