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Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

28 July 2014 - 02:45 PM

I have seen and been part of discussions about art and clay that have degenerated into mediocre slams on both sides.

I would like to open a discussion on what makes a clay pot more than the sum of it's parts. Is it an illusion that there are artist that rise above the production genre, that make pieces that even the untrained eye recognizes it's artistic merit?

With so much hype about emerging artist and the wish to leave the constraint of form and function for some new vision, where is the common sense line of design and art, or is there one?

Though I won't be able to go to this talk the information below might spark some interest and comments.




Is the production potter destined, either by choice or chance, only to live in production.

Is the university trained potter, destined to live in an academic clay circle?

Are the prices the public is willing to pay either exclude or include either group?


I hope this elicits some deeper insights into where clay, as a expressive medium ,lives in the real day to day world.


Found A New Tool

23 July 2014 - 07:41 PM

Well at least for me. I have always had problems glazing berry bowls(colanders). This version of my berry bowl has no foot to hold on to while glazing. If I hold the bowl with 2 fingers on the rim and thumbs on the bottom, finger marks on the glaze is annoying.

Several days ago I found a spatula in the kitchen was coming apart so I took the handle to the studio thinking to make a trimming tool.

What I did was to grind the bent end enough to fit into the center hole of the berry bowl. The bent end(about 45 deg) created a hook that held the bowl and balanced with my other hand made the best tool yet(for me) to glaze the difficult form.

Hope the attached photo shows this well enough to possibly help others.



Opulence Matt Base Question

11 July 2014 - 02:51 AM

I have been gifted 25 lb's(dry) of Opulence matt base(cone 6). and am wondering what are some of the amts of coloring oxides/carbonates and opacifiers will look good with this base.


If anyone has any experience with this base on texture or coloring, please give me a heads up on what might or might not work well.

My cone 6 clay body is  Miller 55, a white firing body.

Thanks Wyndham

Ceramics Art Daily Html Page Issue

07 July 2014 - 10:40 AM

Normally when I go to home CAD page I get a full page layout but for the last 2 days I get a list index page with links.

I'm using win xp but other sites, even the forum comes up as it should.

Am I the only one?


This Is What Clay Looks Like From The Pug

29 May 2014 - 09:41 AM

I was out getting some old bagged clay ready for remixing and thought about the questions on"S" cracks, how to or not use pugged clay from the pugger, etc, when I came upon this bag of clay.

I think it shows how clay laminates,evem moist and throwable from a bagged, pugged source.

Clay seems to love to separate into layers. I'm sure the torch of the pugger screw  also puts the clay in this state as well.

Just thought some of you here might find this interesting