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Sarah_Archer

Member Since 29 Mar 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 12 2010 12:44 PM
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In Topic: The Suck Factor

12 July 2010 - 12:47 PM


I am not sure that suck factor should decline over time. The truth is, if I make too many good pots in a row, I realize I'm staying in a safe zone, not pushing myself or taking chances. I loved Simon's realization that his suck factor peaked when he was in grad school, trying a bunch of new ideas and considering other people's criteria. I try to keep that going beyond grad school, seeking out crits, pushing myself into areas where I am weak or uncomfortable, and generally challenging myself to push everything just an inch past what i am comfortable with.


Good point. I have been experimenting and doing some non-clallenging pots. I have a climbing SF index. I decided to stop. Begin fresh and move into a new direction. In this slow economy, I have the time to experiment and no need to rush. Challenge is the key and as you say, Kelly, that is where the SF should be healthy. Go outside the comfort zone.


I like the idea that a climbing SF can sometimes be the key to exploring a new idea - don't all artists need to experiment and fail in order to perfect new ideas?

In Topic: Form Follows Food: Setting The Table

12 July 2010 - 12:43 PM

I'm always intrigued by the forms and shapes of throw-away items like paper cups or plastic containers from frozen dinners. More people live this way all the time. This is a new generation of functional forms few potters exploit.
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Hansen, have you ever seen the "Crinkle Cup" by Dutch designer Rob Brandt? They look like crinkled plastic Dixie cups but they're cast in porcelain. We've had them in the shop at GHP for a little while and they have elicited a big range of reactions - some people react very positively to their cleverness (and low price tag) while others are offended by the fact that they are slip-cast rather than hand-formed or thrown. Personally I love the interplay between the industrial and hand-fabricated - they are handmade, just not in the same way that the typical thrown pot is.

In Topic: The Suck Factor

06 April 2010 - 07:46 PM

@venetiancat: It made me laugh too!

I think Simon's "Suck Factor" system is useful for a number of reasons, and I especially like the fact that it involves 360 "degrees" - "suck" is relative, in a sense.

One of the most useful things I learned in grad school was that "good design" = "appealing to me" (as a response to the concept that any particular era or movement has the monopoly on "good design" as an objective measure). The proof of this is that what is perceived as "good" changes decade by decade. Tastes evolve and swing back and forth; sometimes an artist or designer is right in tune with the zeitgeist, and sometimes they're making frilly, floral work in a minimalist decade.

Do you have a personal "suck factor"-type yardstick that you use to evaluate you're own work?

Does this personal critique system coexist with a community (classmates, teachers/professors, studio-mates) that offers you feedback on your work?

In Topic: The New Factory

06 April 2010 - 07:37 PM

Hello, Ceramic Arts Community forum readers! I'm excited to be moderating the Aesthetics boards and look forward to learning from the ideas and opinions shared here.

Since many of our readers are makers, I'm curious to know how the new industrial techniques and tools in ceramics that Andy Brayman discussed in "The New Factory" (3D printers, for example) are perceived by our readership.

Are you excited by the possibility of using industrial techniques in your own work? If so, how would you use it?

Are you attracted to (or repelled by) by ceramic work made with industrial techniques?

Should studio potters resist the use of such tools, or are they a welcome addition to the field?