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In Topic: Ceramic Course. Help!

Yesterday, 04:40 PM

Maybe check out the Royal College of Art in London.


Alao the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham  with the great  Magalene Odundo  .... but I think it is only Graduate.





In Topic: Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?

Yesterday, 09:17 AM

Oh man........ "can o' worms".  Can't wait to see how this develops.





In Topic: Crackle Effect

Yesterday, 07:25 AM

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In Topic: Yunomi

25 July 2015 - 12:49 PM



There is another "point" hiding in here in the thread that is "sub-text".  Market segmentation.


People who make certain styles of ceramic work sell that work to people who LIKE that style of work.  So there is some inherent 'sorting' of the people who might use that rough bottomed yunomi (or vase, or plate, or ?????), and the purchaser made a decision when purchasing that the rough bottom on the piece was not an issue for THEM.  They are aware of it and they will "deal" with the implications.


People who feel it is an issue.... just won't buy it.


One of the inherent problems to selling online; the buyer cannot handle the work before purchase.  Can backfire on both the purchaser and the potter in this kind of aspect.


Some potters (myself included) tend to make a particular type of ware that they love to make, and then find the market that shares that same aesthetic bent.  It is a more difficult path to establish than looking at what the masses want and then making that, but it is rewarding.  There are people out there that will not care about the roughness of the foot on the piece (beyond lacerations).  There are people who will LOOK for that "tsuchi aji" (Japanese term .... "clay flavor").


As to the subject of coasters...... we have numerous types in the house.... including actual chataku.  In the Japanese tatami room we have in our house, when we use the low table, yunomi,( even with very smooth bottoms) always get coasters. 





In Topic: Yunomi

25 July 2015 - 09:10 AM



Look at the foot on that Lisa Hammond.  It has been ground..... you can see the grinding... from the color change in some areas.


So looking at the "traditional" heritage ......... there are a LOT of factors that come into play.


1.)  If you were Japanese in days not all that long ago, and you were served a brewed tea of some sort (like sencha, genmaicha, mugicha, etc.) in a yunomi form, you would be sitting seiza (siting with your butt resting on your feet.....sort of kneeling) on a floor made of tatami mats.  The cup would be placed on soft tatami mats.  The foot of even the roughest pieces would not be an issue in that situation.


2.) If you were (and are) a Guest being served tea in a yunomi, it is going to be placed on a small (usually) unfinished wooden saucer called a "chataku".  This act honors both the Guest and the pot, and protects anything under the chataku from possible damage. 


3.)  In general, Japanese people tend to pay far more attention of the activities they are involved in, and so are more aware and careful of how what they do can and does affect others.  So using a rough bottom cup in such a way as to damage furniture would be kind of unthinkable to them.  The sixties phrase "Be here, now" comes to mind...... but the Japanese don't usually need reminding of that important idea with a slogan.


4.)  The Japanese in general have a distinct love of nature and the natural world.  The materiality factor in clays that have not been overly refined is something that it often found desirable.  Any risk of scratching is far outweighed by the beauty of the clay.  In fact the texture of the foot against the left hand as it is cradled there is an aesthetic PLUS... not a negative.


It is complex.  I could write a book.


Changes in lifestyle in Japan have had their impacts.  I have been told by potters that there was a law passed not all that long ago that specifically made a potter liable for any damages that a pot foot caused to furniture.  I've not see the law....... but I believe that it is accurate information. 


But what they might consider "smooth" is a bit rougher than likely what U.S. potters might think.