[Clayart] old potters

Robert Harris robertgharris at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 15:55:41 UTC 2021

Even fewer would know how Lucie RIe, Hans Coper and Gertrud Vasgaard
influenced pottery. But then European modernism (in ceramics) was never
really allowed to take hold here by the combined efforts of McKenzie,
Voulkos and Soldner.

(I'm sure that will get Vince's ears steaming. Vince, remember, we're
drinking beer, I'm being hyperbolic and I love poking).

On Thu, 16 Sept 2021 at 06:27, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:

> I have a hunch that if you went to most any college clay
> program in the U.S. most of the students would not have a
> clue how Hamada, Kawai or Arakawa influenced ceramics.
> Nils Lou and Robin Hopper's names will last because of their
> writing.  Few will know about Malcolm Davis and maybe the
> name Voulkus will pop up from time to time.
> It is just the way it is. We all move on.  Many on clayart
> have all the names memorized and often knew them personally.
> New hero's step in.
> I just wanted to mention this topic, as I want folks to know
> that I "get it".  I have tried very hard to live in the present
> and work hard at changing my work, images and forms.  Glaze always
> presents new challenges.  I spent three years with a new clay body
> and fired my pots in electric kilns. A total departure. And, without
> doubt very exciting and the learning curve was difficult.
> I think the only sadness we feel is to have the years of work and study
> seen as "silly"...."just buy it ready made".  The best metaphor i know
> is a neighbor kid called the welfare and said he was abused because his
> dad bought a new van and it did not have tv.
> life goes on.
> with love, mel
> website: www.melpots.com
> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML
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