[Clayart] more handmade
farmpots at eastex.net
Sat Aug 6 22:47:32 UTC 2022
On 8/6/2022 3:01 PM, ronroy at ca.inter.net wrote:
> I can remember in the 60's having the same discussions about hand
> made. There were some who maintained that pots made with a wheel we
> not hand made. They were the hand builders of course.
> Needless to say that I considered all the pots and installations I
> made were all hand made.
> But let me ask this. During the Sung dynasty labor in the pottery
> factories was divided - one person made the clay, another made the
> glaze, another did the throwing, another the trimming and yet another
> the firing. All done by hand except for the limited use of machinery
> but mostly by hand. Do we think of those pots as hand made?
In a word, yes, division of labor is not really the same discussion as
'handmade' or not.
Let me reiterate that 'handmade' does not mean 'good' or artistic, and
It's the process.
Great cast ceramic work, done by a true artist, and displayed in a
museum is wonderful,
but the description should read 'slip cast ceramic', just a the tag for
should, and usually does, disclose the type of print, and the tag for a
I recently watched a YouTube video of a pottery factory in India. It was
minutes long, but held my attention because the division of labor was so
One person put the clay on the wheel, the potter threw it, and another
it off the wheel, another carried it to a drying rack, et cetera, et cetra.
When it came to glazing, one person applied glaze #1 to the piece, then
applied glaze #2. Another glazed only the lids.
Finally, when the huge kiln was being unloaded, there was a line of
about 20 folks,
and the pots were passed from and to hand, from the kiln to the shipping
I wouldn't be surprised if 100 people were involved in turning the raw
clay into a
david at farmpots.com
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