[Clayart] AUTOMATION -

paul gerhold 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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