Put some great food on a handmade plate, some fruit in a lovely handmade bowl, drink coffee from a handmade mug. You'll feel the difference, you'll see it.
That's when functional pottery truly comes to life.
Years ago, just out of school, I gave a mug to a friend's husband who didn't really understand what the whole big deal about ceramics was, who needed all this handmade stuff - you know what I'm talking about...anyway, a few months later he told me that he drinks only out of the mug I gave him.
I truly believe that there is that magical feel using handmade ceramics.
I remember a throwing class at Alfred University, one of the first ones with Val Cushing. He asked us "how much should a mug weigh ?"
Numbers were thrown around, till my friend Matt Towers said - "however much it looks like it weighs". Bingo !
That's the exact match point in the eye-hand relationship.
When we approach a mug, or any other functional pot, our eye (brain) sends our hand a message about what to expect as to the weight and feel to anticipate when lifting it (if full or empty). That's what makes a "good" pot, good in the sense of creating that match between the look and the feel.
A mug , of course, has more aspects to it - a handle we can trust and a rim that is nice to put our lips to. In addition are the personal-subjective prefferences we all have and those are what make the mug such an intimate, functional pot.
Tonight the 7th biennale for Israeli ceramics opens. Imprinting on clay - Cultural memory in Israeli ceramic art. The curator - Anat Gatenio. You can read about it here - http://www.eretzmuseum.org.il/e/282/
There are 66 artists, including me...My piece is called - Proper Dress.
I've always been interested in women's dress and the connection to women's status in society, in different times. On the one hand, advance, progress on the other - oppression, holding back ( and I'm talking about the western society...)
I started out with tons of information and images...
Then came the editing and sorting stage, Anat the curator, was a huge help. I was getting attatched to the images..but once she got me going, the editing felt good and turned the lots of information into a tight cohesive bunch of information.
The result is a 6 meter long strip of tiles, picturing western women's inner and outer attire from ancient greece to the 20's of the twentieth century.
Much has changed or maybe not ?
I'm a potter who's in love with clay. If I'm away from my studio, I miss it. I truly think clay is the best material ...