[Clayart] top 20 list

vpitelka at dtccom.net vpitelka at dtccom.net
Sat Jan 29 01:49:27 UTC 2022


Get off your high horse Robert.  I clearly said that my list was based on 30 years of teaching ceramics in academia, and listed the potters who most influenced American utilitarian pottery.  I stand by my list.
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Potter, Writer, Teacher
Chapel Hill, NC
vpitelka at dtccom.net
www.vincepitelka.com 
https://chathamartistsguild.org/ 

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of Robert Harris
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2022 8:00 PM
To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Subject: Re: [Clayart] top 20 list

The corollary to your point about "the most influential potters" is that if Jeff doesn't include a few from other cultures or countries, or even better, offbeat choices, then you're just instituting an echo chamber.

Which is far far worse.

On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 at 11:19, <vpitelka at dtccom.net> wrote:

> This is devolving into a fiasco of favorite potters or "best" potters 
> rather than the twenty MOST INFLUENTIAL POTTERS of the past century, 
> which is what Jeff Weiland asked for.  And by influential, I am 
> assuming Jeff means the potters who had the greatest influence on the 
> subsequent evolution of utilitarian studio pottery (not sculptural 
> vessels or pure sculpture).  And if you are talking about the most 
> influential on the evolution of utilitarian clay, it lets out all the 
> most recent potters, however wonderful they are.
>
> My list is confined to the twenty potters who I think had the greatest 
> influence on American utilitarian studio pottery, because that's what 
> I know from my 30 years teaching ceramics in academia.  So please 
> remember that this is must my own opinion.  I'm selecting from 
> throughout the 20th century.  We don't have enough information on 
> potters who have risen to success in the 21st century to know how 
> influential they will be.
>
> Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Charles Fergus Binns, George Ohr, F. Carlton 
> Ball, Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Val Cushing, Warren McKenzie, 
> Toshiko Takaezu, Ken Ferguson, David Shaner, Lucie Rie, Shoji Hamada, 
> Robin Hopper, Tom Coleman, Ellen Shankin, Jeff Oestreich, Linda 
> Christianson, Randy Johnston, Josh DeWeese.
>
> Who have I left out?
> - Vince
>
> Vince Pitelka
> Potter, Writer, Teacher
> Chapel Hill, NC
> vpitelka at dtccom.net
> www.vincepitelka.com
> https://chathamartistsguild.org/
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of 
> Jeff Weiland
> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2022 4:36 PM
> To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum 
> <Clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
> Subject: [Clayart] top 20 list
>
> I'm working on the curriculum for an advanced high school ceramics 
> class. I have a question...and wanted to start a debate!!!! I find 
> great value in learning from but not copying potters from years gone 
> by. We already work with porcelain and Chinese forms, earthenware and 
> Greek forms, Native American forms with slip decoration, and a few 
> other cultures. What I want to compile is a list of twenty or so most 
> influential potter/artists, from the past century or so, that I can 
> use for research assignments. I have some of my favorites like Reitz, 
> Voulkos, Coleman, Troy, etc. Suggestions and "why" would be welcomed. 
> Variety is important.
>
> Jeff Weiland
> 409 Blaine Street
> Knightstown, IN 46148
> 765-345-2021
> weiland at hrtc.net
>
>
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