[Clayart] Potter

Cyndy Littleton shorthill at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 15:01:54 EDT 2016


When did the word "throw" replace "turned"?


On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM, Jim Brown <jbrown1000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Cindy, back in the dark ages, a potter was one who made pots - lots of pots
> that were used on a daily basis.  These operations were of two main types -
> the farmer working mostly by himself making pots during the down time and
> the production potteries which employed a number of people and ran year
> around.
>
> It did not include someone that make sculptures or someone that worked with
> clay in other ways as is today's definition.
>
> There were few potters in the country by the late 1940's due to most of the
> things they made were being replaced with glass and tin cans and those that
> were left were having to change over to "art ware" type items.  About this
> time many from the other arts started to take an interest in working with
> clay, including turning and, since at that time many learned by attending
> collage, the language started to change as well.  Anyone who worked with
> clay was a potter, they "threw" rather than turned and "fired"  rather than
> burned.
>
> Today, we have "studio potters" that include anything to do with clay.  Not
> good - not bad.  Just what has changed as life moves on.
>
>
>
>
>
> *                       JIM BROWN*
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>
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