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In Topic: functional vs. sculptural

27 March 2012 - 01:32 AM

Who cares how it relates to " the historical European influences and "standards" on painting and sculpture in North America?"
What does that have to do with the price of eggs in China?

In Topic: functional vs. sculptural

15 March 2012 - 08:52 PM

Certainly it is viable to judge pottery based on what you like! What other criteria are you going to use? After all, if you are the buyer or user, then you get to judge the appeal of the ceramics, and you should enjoy what you buy.
You've probably bought something just to be in style or hip, ( I have, years ago) only to find that it's not really you, and that it really doesn't have any appeal for you. Don't do that with pottery! You are the best judge, not someone else's ideas.
I don't think that there is any standard in judgement for pottery, Bernard Leach and all those 'rule-makers' notwithstanding.
'Towards a Standard', my foot, the sooner we dispense with that load of hokum the sooner we will see real creativity and freedom.
Why the Western world was ever expected to adopt Asian standards for ceramics is beyond me...yes, they are beautiful, exciting, inspiring, mystical, wonderful. But they are not WESTERN, and for the West to adopt these standards and practices is disingenuous, stultifying, and backward.
Not only should the West never have adopted these standards, but the East should break free from them as well; indeed to my mind one of the greatest ideas to come about in ceramics was the creation of Sodeisha by Kazuo Yagi and his friends, who sought to break free from the canonical forms and ideas, and to permit real freedom and creativity.
What we need today is a continuation of the ideas of Sodeisha, to allow clay to become anything and everything it can become, without being held back.
Ceramics Monthly is doing a good job of exposing the new work being done in clay, and your ideas as to what you like and don't like can also play a big part.
Good post, phill.

In Topic: NCECA is just around the corner!

15 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

I'd like to go to NCECA just to meet Dinah! She's such a riot, and has such good posts.

In Topic: Mixed glazes in a firing

15 March 2012 - 05:50 PM

The coffee cup's not doing it for me... the bowl is nice, though. Keep it up!

In Topic: Cleaning Practices

15 March 2012 - 05:45 PM

Now that spring is here, it's time to drag everything out of the studio and wash everything down, perhaps next week.