[Clayart] The changing ceramic art scene.

Paul Gerhold gerholdclay at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 12:12:57 EDT 2019

I am wondering what you are referencing when you talk about " normal art rules".  I was always under the impression that there are no rules in art which in my mind at least is one of the strengths of art in a world of too many constraints and restrictions. .

And yes in my opinion it is about time clay started to take it's rightful place as a medium of artistic expression. Painting has always been there and glass and wood have successfully transitioned.  Clay more than most mediums seems to have remained stuck in the eyes of the art world as primarily a utilitarian medium. And even though shows like this do try, I am not sure clay is yet taking it's rightful place as a medium for expression of ideas. 

Thank you for the link. Enough stimulation for quite a while. 


> On Sep 23, 2019, at 10:19 AM, Antoinette Badenhorst <porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com> wrote:
> Or shall I say, long time changed scene of ceramics.
> Some years back I wrote an article in Ceramics Technical. At that stage I
> reported about the difficulties that Ruth Duckworth had when she began to
> do sculptural work with porcelain in a world that wanted to keep porcelain
> traditional.
> Over the years I have seen how the clay scene kept changing from realistic
> to abstract to absurd and maybe the extreme of absurd. Nothing wrong with
> either one of those, but somehow I get the impression that these severe
> changes does not happen in other art medias like glass, wood, painting etc.
> Is that my imagination, or is it that clay artists who were the underdogs
> all throughout the centuries are pushing to be recognized as artists? If
> so, are they going in the right direction, or are they alienating
> themselves more and more from the normal world we live in?
> How honest are these artists with themselves?
> Is it just me, or are all normal art rules out the door?
> Most of the images of the pieces in this show:
> http://www.kicb.co.kr/vote/list? did not stir any emotion in me. Some
> impressed me with the technical execution and some I thought was not so
> well executed.
> I was wondering what is wrong with my judgement and thought it is worth a
> discussion.
> -- 
> Best wishes,
> Antoinette Badenhorst
> PorcelainByAntoinette <http://www.porcelainbyantoinette.com/>
> TeachinArt.com
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