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  1. Hello everyone, So I was reading The Ceramics Reader (Livingstone & Petrie) and I stumbled across a very thought-provoking essay, I thought I'd like to hear what you all think about this In the essay, Ceramics and Art Criticism, Janet Koplos makes a few very interesting points 1. The debate about whether ceramics is art is futile since: clay is already present in many museums and galleries, and art is defined by a material, format and treatment of subject so ceramics is not, by its nature, excluded. 2. Ceramics is a very diverse art since it can take any form, and the community needs to learn how to embrace this plurality. Ceramists looking up to other art such as painting or sculpture tend to lose touch with this multiplicity whereas this is a key component of its identity. She writes: "Ceramics is a visual art, although it's not painting, and it's not sculpture. It has its own identity. The position of ceramics today is not a problem. If there's a dilemma, it's that ceramists (...) lust after the perceived status of painting and sculpture." It's hard to summarise it, the essay is captivating. Unfortunately I couldn't find it online. I'd love to hear your thought on this
  2. 3, 4, I don't know, 2 For question 1, why does using a grogged body clay is necessary for pots that are exposed to direct fire? Are they just more resistant overall?
  3. This is a very difficult question because who decides what is creative and what is not? I think whether an art piece is deemed "creative" depends on a set of unspoken rules and the state of the art at the moment, but this fluctuates all the time and promotes some things while leaving out others. But as far as people are concerned, I think experimenting is something that people can learn. I don't believe in an innate capacity. Of course we all have affinities with different things and we might be comfortable in one field but not another, but this has more to do with taste and interest. The idea of a "genius" is something I have always struggled to accept because it creates a hierarchy between geniuses and commoners which I think is unfair. As for pottery, I think it depends what your goal is. If you make functional ware, technical skills are needed. If you want to make art, maybe an experimental side is necessary. But then again, what is "good" pottery? I think for me it is important to accept that there is an tacit understanding of what is good and not good, creative or not creative, but that it is okay to create outside these pre-existing ideas too, and that it doesn't take anything away from your work...
  4. I'd love it if we could share our opinions on the different essays as we go through! I'm sure it will bring up interesting topics to debate
  5. Oh wow that looks super interesting, I love that they cover so many of the main pottery production centres. Thank you so much for sharing!
  6. I just received it, looks very dense but the topics are super interesting
  7. The review in the Crafts Magazine pointed out that even though it was academic, it was also very witty and not heavy at all. I am also sometimes wary of those kinds of essays. I love reading thought provoking essays but sometimes it's just too academic. Thank you all for pointing out cheaper versions, I'll try to get my hands on one
  8. Hello all, I was reading the Crafts Magazine from last March and they mentioned this new book, The Ceramic Reader by Kevin Petrie (Bloomsbury publishing). They praised it really highly in their review but it's quite an investment. The printed version is over 100$ and the ebook version over 30$. It is supposed to contain lots of essays on ceramics in general from a wide range of angles. So I wanted to know if anyone here had read it or at least flipped through, and what your thoughts are on it in general? Thank you
  9. Wow I love the shapes and these bright colours, gorgeous! Is it glaze?
  10. Beautiful; I love this series you made, very delicate patterns
  11. Wow, this one is really beautiful! I love the colours you picked!
  12. You have to use a laser printer but not all of them work, depends on the ink inside the cartridge and it works only for black as far as I know. I know the printer. The ones using cartridges hp85A (such as printer CE285AD) work. I don't know for the other ones. If you want colour decals, I suggest you send your designs to a printer. If you find the proper kind of printer, you should use CMC paper to print on.
  13. Ideally perfection is not something we should be seeking, I guess it should just almost happen with years and years and practice. However, we all want to do our best and I feel that as long as we worry about being perfect, we won't be. Maybe we need to let go and just let things happen to be closer to perfection. But what is perfection anyways? ^^
  14. Is it something that will be used in a restaurant or something? I don't know if the glue can stand the super strong washing machines they have. For a dishwasher at home it might be alright, even though it sounds like handwashing might be the safest thing to do.
  15. Giselle, these would be beautiful samples for your colours, definitely! Also I love the shape of these as sauce dish as well!! Chris, these shape are a good idea but they are pretty big, they probably take a lot of space even though you can stack them up ^^
  16. Yes, that's what I meant, so that it supports the edge. But like the others said, if it doesn't overhang too much, it might be okay. Depending on the kind of clay you're using too
  17. I think if you shape it so that the dish blends into the rectangular base, you could maybe avoid bending during the firing. More like a reverse triangle or something. Otherwise, I'm worried the sides wouldn't stay straight
  18. I personally think it looks more professional to have your own website rather than just a facebook page. You have very easy solutions for websites, not as complicated as wordpress. I used weebly, it's all drag and drop and you can have a pretty decent website in just a few hours. I think it is indeed worth the trouble.
  19. Have you heard about Kinstugi? It's a technique used in Asia to repair broken pots with a golden laquer: Kintsugi. It is quite beautiful if you do it properly. However, I'm not sure if you can find it easily outside of Japan.
  20. Depending on what kind of clay you're using, you can also sand the outside of the piece once it has been fired. It will smooth it out and make it much nicer to touch, especially with the lips.
  21. That sounds really interesting! I agree with Evelyne, it would be great to be able to access it through internet
  22. In my experience, a clear glaze can be milky if it has been underfired. Maybe your bigger pieces didn't reach the correct temperature?
  23. If you're using paper, you have to transfer before the ink is completely dry. For example, once you applied slip to the paper, you should transfer to the clay as soon as it's mat, not dry. And then indeed, the clay slab needs to be moist (again, mat to the eye, but still humid). Once you press the paper on the slab, you can use the back of a spoon to rub gently on the backside of your paper, it should help transferring the ink. Question, why do you apply white slip both to the clay and the paper?
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