art…craft…good taste/bad taste…

I’ve been thinking about this stuff a lot lately.

I have to think about it in order to figure out what I like and why…. and that this will help me focus when it comes to my own work and what I’m trying to accomplish.

Nesting bowls by Clair Catillaz at Clam Lab

I’m planning to head to the studio shortly(finally!) and I’m feeling a bit at loose ends – I don’t know what to do first.  Of course the first step is to just get there.

Anyway…I stumbled across this essay this morning – Notes On “Camp” by Susan Sontag.  More to think about.

Maybe I’m over-thinking things.

I recently read a review/artist statement by Rae Dunn  and  it really resonated with me…

Dunn writes:

“I don’t think my art is a reaction against the complexity of life today, but rather a way for me to embrace the joyful, spontaneous elements of daily life that seem to be wanting in so much of what we do. Today, more than ever, I think we all need to slow down and grasp that which is honest, real, and personally satisfying. I try to express those feelings in all of my work.”

Her work is strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. “I don’t strive for perfection in line and form in my work, because for me the balance I’m trying to achieve can’t be represented that way.

Christa Assad’s statement  is a powerful influence as well.

A design instructor I had suggested that we spend time reading artist statements to help figure out what we are trying to say in our own work and this is something I’ve only just started doing in the last year.  Took me awhile…

An interesting side note…at least to me – my stats for this blog show that the overwhelming majority of searches that lead to my blog are for “paper mache.”

One thought on “art…craft…good taste/bad taste…

  1. I stumbled upon this post and I had to comment because this is exactly what my person theme for today was, and what I a struggling with in my own pottery, thanks for the post, and love your blog : )

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