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JBaymore

Member Since 06 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Yesterday, 03:46 PM

They're not the same.  They're obviously not the same.

 

No, they are not the same.... but they are tightly related in my mind.  One feeds the tummy...... the other feeds the soul.  Both are necessary.... and purposeful.  Just not the same purposeful.

 

best,

 

.................john


In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Yesterday, 02:44 PM

Art fufills a function.... it is a communication vehicle.  It conveys information in a way that is not the "typical" communication routine.  For visual arts and certain types of music.... non-verbally.  For theatre and movies and some music, through context of the overall piece.  And so on.

 

If I could speak or write about what I am doing with clay as effectively as I can communicate with the clay, then there'd be no need FOR the clay.  The making is there becasue it MUST be there.

 

best,

 

..................john


In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Yesterday, 01:58 PM

 A mug that causes its user to recoil in horror at its appearance and feel is not one worth using.  In order for a mug to be good, you have to want to use it and like doing so.  The attention the production potter gives to the emotions at work in use of his/her product is part of the potter's purposive activity.  When an artist works in ceramic, the goal is to work with the emotional aspects of interacting with a piece in a non-purposive way.

 

I have a very good fired who has a favorite mug.  Aesthetically, it is very interesting.... you can get lost in it.  From every angle it presents a different vista.  Complex.

 

It is very difficult to drink out of due to the shape.  Ther are sharp places. It does not sit flat if you put it down.  I must be held if there is liquid in it.

 

He says it is his favorite because it causes him to slow down and contemplate the act of drinking.  To focus on the object in his hands.  it puts him "in the moment".

 

best,

 

................john


In Topic: What Are You Working On?

Yesterday, 01:19 PM

 I do think that the insides of this form fire a little cooler than an open form but you can compensate for that by placing them in a hotter firing part of the kiln.

 

Thermal lag.  A soak or firing more slowly to cone fixes this best.

 

best,

 

...............john


In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Yesterday, 09:27 AM

I think that many people often tag the term "production potter" as some sort of a very distinct category that can be defined cleanly. I don't think it can. In some cases I think some people also use it as a sort of derogatory term....a put down ("Oh... he's a production potter." said with a lofty sneer). And many also use that term to identify the objects produced also as some sort of easily defined category. Again, I don't think the category can be made so cavilerily.

 

There's good pots, there's not so good pots, and there's some REALLY not so good pots.

 

There's good oil paintings, there's not so good oil paintings, and there's some REALLY not so good oil paintings.

 

There's good prints, there's not so good prints, and there's some REALLY not so good prints.

 

There's good music, there's not so good music, and there's some REALLY not so good music.

 

There's good movies, there's not so good movies, and there's some REALLY not so good movies.

 

There's good design work, there's not so good design work, and there's some REALLY not so good design work.

 

It's all art. There's good art work, there's not so good art work, and there's some REALLY not so good art work.

 

best,

 

...............john