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gerholdclay at gmail.com
Fri Sep 10 11:28:24 UTC 2021
Every product ever made has been designed by a person or group of persons. So the idea that coming from a person makes something unique clearly does not separate handmade or art in any way from everything ever made.
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> On Sep 9, 2021, at 4:58 PM, Carolyn Curran <cncpots2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ah, the everlasting debates we so love to engage in.. art versis craft,
> hand building versus wheel, commercial versus original glazes...
> Adding my own two cents, I have nothing against the wheel, plaster molds,
> extrusions, even 3D printing as long as the design and the idea come from
> the potter, but I guess I have a real thing against clay stamps and
> imprinted design rollers which are not designed by the potter using them
> but are manufactured by someone else. I occasionally use clay stamps and
> imprints in my work, but they are ones which I have designed myself.
> Snobbish maybe, but so be it. There are wonderful stamp and roller
> designs out there which are commercially available, but it bugs me that the
> potter is not the originator of the design he or she uses. Yes, some
> potters do creative things using stamps and rollers they have not designed,
> and of course nature has provided many found objects we incorporate in our
> work (like leaves, shells, flowers, interesting rock textures, etc.).
> Some of my most creative slab work a few years ago was the result of using
> plaster molds i made of huge elephant ear leaves. I would roll out a
> clay slab on the mold, selecting one area or/or angle to use in the design,
> and no two were alike. I had taken something from nature and made it my
> own. And how many potters have impressed leaves and other plant material
> into clay and created their own individual form or treatment ? Well,
> guys, who feels like adding to this discussion?
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