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#1 Chris Campbell

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:12 AM

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#2 artpottery

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:54 AM

[quote name='Chris Campbell' date='01 August 2011 - 09:12 AM' timestamp='1312207948' post='7710']
Thanks for the great responses to our first question!

We are looking forward to reading what our Forum friends have to say this week. Don't be shy, we all want to hear from you.
What is your take on this next question ...

If you were a piece of pottery, would you be decorative or functional?
Why?

No question I would want to be porcelain sculpture!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:15 PM

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Both. I think that clay affords more than just one purpose owing to its plastic character. I am a Libra, thus balance and more than one view is fun for me. I would be a sculptural vase with faces and forms from several views. The figures hold the flowers and fruits of the garden in the vase, and also provide a metaphor for the fruition of actions.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:20 PM

Ooohhhh.....I would definitely be sculptural. As a retired RN, I have been way to functional all of my life!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:35 PM

Well, I would have to be beautiful and functional - lovely to handle and look at and a joy to use. I would probably take myself to the desert island!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 02:05 PM

One of the things that gives me considerable pleasure in life is helping others... so I guess I'd be more happy as a functional piece.

#7 Stuart Altmann

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 02:27 PM

I would be as beautiful as the most glorious vase from the Ming dynasty, so that those who get great pleasure from looking at me will wonder how the potter could have sculptured anything so beautiful.

And I would be as functional as the hands of that potter, so that those fortunate enough to watch me working at my wheel will be in awe of the beautiful, fluid dance of my two hands as I make this vase.



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Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:51 PM

Functional for sure - I'd want to be usefull/used. I'm purpose driven!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 04:44 PM

I would be like the earthenware of Veuve Perrin functional but too beautiful to use.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:25 PM

Functional for sure, I've never been one to stand around and look pretty without something to do!

#11 JBaymore

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:07 PM

I would not care to define myself in this manner. It is sort of like asking for "race". Race should not matter. I'm ceramic, born of clay.

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#12 Elaine Moreno

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:02 PM

Hi everybody:
I'll be functional, I always want to make things that can serve/help people, in some way is my mission in life.
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#13 Meggie

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:04 PM

I would be a piece of decorative pottery because I see myself as decorative!

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:21 PM

Thanks for the great responses to our first question!

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I would be a functional very sculptural teapot. I would also have an amazing intricate carved design. As a perfect plus unlike every single coffee pot we have owned my spout would not drip.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:29 PM

I would be functional, useful, because a functional piece can also be sculptural and stand on its own as an interesting, beautiful and thought-provoking statement.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:06 PM

In all of this, let's remember that sculpture has a function - to be seen, and sometimes to be enjoyed! And if it's ugly or degenerate (in whose eyes?) it's at the very least educational.


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Posted 02 August 2011 - 12:24 AM

After sitting on my rear for too long not doing much with a broken ankle I would want to be a coffee addict's favorite cup/mug !
Color me functional !

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 05:19 AM

There is beauty in all things clay... so I'd choose to be a beautiful piece serving both form and function that would never get hidden away!

#19 Grace Pottery

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:33 AM

I would be a beautiful piece of functional stoneware, that mellows with age. Pottery can be sculptural and functional.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:18 AM

Thanks for the great responses to our first question!

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What is your take on this next question ...

If you were a piece of pottery, would you be decorative or functional?
Why?



Without a doubt, I would be both for the sheer enjoyment of beauty and intrigue that comes with sculpture yet to be pratical in my function of everyday life.




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