Clay Blog Review – September 2011

Apologies for the tardiness of this edition of the “Review” (especially to the people that sit at their computer the first day of every month anticipating a collection of the best blog posts from around the clay covered internet). I was out of town for the weekend. There are a few formatting changes* but still the same great content.  This is a long post so click the title to read it all if you’re on the front page.  As always, thanks for stopping by and leave a comment if you have any suggestions or want to add something.

Technical, Techniqes, Tips

Regarding Recent Work

Thought Provoking

  •  Clementina van der walt asks a tough question while comparing prices of handmade items and tableware manufactured in China:

Or is making tableware by hand becoming a completely anachronistic activity which can only be practised by those who have an alternative outside income?

Say it isn’t so!

  • Carter Gillies shares some interesting thoughts about pots which leads to a lengthy discussion between clay bloggers.
  • In another post Carter considers the idea that if an object is useful it can’t be ‘art’.

Where else but in art can a thing be more valuable if it doesn’t work? Where else in life is the pure contemplation of an object more revealing than also getting a hands on viscerally interactive exposure to it? How absolutely absurd this seems.

  • After reading the book “Start With Why” Lisa applies her notes from book club to write why she is a potter:

To connect people to something real.  This world is full of fake, artificial, reproduced, and made in China.  Pottery gives people the opportunity to bring items into their home specially created through passion, love and artistic talent.  A handmade pot’s reason for being the world is to be treasured.  To be beautiful.

  • Scott Cooper gives us a glimpse behind the curtain of tw@se and reminds us pot makers what’s actually important:

Having ideas is important, but making pots is not about the idea. It’s about making. It’s about the doing. The lie of putting concept before process, in my experience, is that you just never know if an idea is actually good until you put it to work. The best ones come through the work; they are revealed by the doing, by the discipline, by the execution.

That brings me to Facebook. Most of you know my feelings on this subject. Not a fan. After reading Kyle’s post, I thought I would give it another go, so I went to several people’s pages and tried to read them. BORING……….. visually boring, the content is short blurbs, no serious thought put into the postings and everyone likes everything. It’s pretty much a commentary on our society right now. And it’s a sad one as far as I’m concerned. It’s also sad that people are choosing to facebook as opposed to blogging. Blogs can be so creative, so thought provoking, so visual and interesting. I have not found one facebook page yet that I could stay on for more than a minute before I was bored with it.

  • Whitney Smith offers advice to artists just starting out: use social media.  (Check the comments for a good discussion).

And when I say “social media” I am referring to the social media juggernaut: the facebook, blogging, and the twitter.  And Flikr, which I guess is social media, but I look at it more as online image storage.


The Rest

  •  Lori Buff gives a short review of “Functional Pottery” by Robin Hopper and suggests benefits of donating pottery or time to a non-profit organization.
  • Paul Jessop has slip issues and later solves the mystery.
  • Aaron Sober goes back to school and is happy to be back in the studio.
  • Hannah McAndrew shares some images of “still movement“.
  • Mea Rhee shares her choice for potting footwear and weighs the pros and cons of applying to the retail-only section of a show.
  • Mary Starosta tells why she prefers flat lids.
  • Lucy Fagella shares an interesting thought about photographing her work and who she is marketing to.
  • John Bauman describes so eloquently the attraction of potters to pots.
  • Dan Finnegan shares his feelings about adding a dustcatcher to a mug.
  • Karatsu Pots comes up with some quick tables for upcoming exhibitions.  And version 2.

Making Money and Related Endeavors

Get your popcorn ready!

Laugh Out Loud Nominations

  • Dan Finnegan finds a humorous sign.
  • Paul Jessop had “three nutters in the workshop all at the same time”.  I don’t know who these people are and I can’t decide if I want to find out or not!

*You’ll notice the bullets made it back for another month.  And now we have moving pictures! Special thanks to Ron for sharing all his great videos.  There would have been more embedded but we’re already late so I’ll go all out for next month.  I shuffled the order of the sections to put the most important(?)/useful links at the top.

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  1. Bruno Elbert says

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