It is so relevant of a question to pose. I like Tyler's point and mention of "finer sensibilities in appreciating common wares", also agree with High Bridge; how can flowing clay through fingers & against gravity, not be art and artful, it is not so simple as pouring water from a pitcher, more the opposite, it is forming water into a pitcher, using dirt. It is a creative art and the creations are all of them art. True as Preston says that it is history's call in the end what become the Fine Art. & for myself I don't really know Fine Art because I'm not educated enough even to know what has been determined to be Fine Art. I'm good with that though
Contemporary life 2014, it seems, ah, errant. & myself along with it, I hasten to add. Somewhat unwillingly, but I am going along. Like a painful fall down a staircase that keeps getting longer.
So in production pottery, repeat ware that changes the paradigm a bit, that changes the beat, maybe that would be a worthwhile 'movement.' Maybe that could inform, or remind, "Contemporary life 2014", that it needs also to be "meaningful life 2014", "worthy life 2014", or something. Production pottery that is uniquely significant, or representative of, a call for change. Because the artists that create it, feel that way about it and talk that way about it to their customers. We are the potters, we could do that. And maybe we are, it is important to me personally to try to, I am trying to and willing to keep trying to. I wish I better understood why other potters do what they are currently doing, what they are trying to accomplish, what is their motivation and what is their goal. Maybe that's what this thread is about.
In Ceramics Art, things seem beautiful lately, the pictures in Ceramics Monthly of many pieces seem strikingly blazingly, ahh... Well they are just bursting with, I don't know, they are 'there,' on the page, in a really profoundly and I suppose pretty way. Good pictures too, really good. I seem pensive in my appreciation only because I'm not sure that the pieces are actually helping anything, or even mattering at all, when I guess I sorta hope that they would. Help, I mean. I'm unconvinced that they affect positive change, and that is important to me, the idea of Art's making a positive impact upon society sort of beyond the momentary observation of something 'pretty.' Contemporary life 2014 is like, more beautiful THAN beautiful, you know, beautiful some more... The frustrating part is, that beautiful, don't really fix what's broke. But, maybe something, some art could?
It is worth working on, definitely worth talking about in a level-headed and purposeful way. But I don't know what's going on though, because I'm not very well-connected or informed as to the current big happenings in Art. I rather expect though, honestly, that there's really next to nothing going on. Just a presumption, don't mean to be rude. But it seems as though there really ought to be something going on, that affects society,something powerful and subversive that doesn't take an MFA degree and connection to the inner circle, to notice. And it seems like production pottery could be a path straight in, I mean people put it in their mouths!