At the upcoming NMPCA exhibit, Conversations In Clay, we look forward to seeing conversations showing of all kinds of clay work: functional, decorative and sculptural. Our NMPCA membership includes people working in all modes of ceramic expression, and the conversations should be lively!
Gloria Gilmore-House brings to our attention remarks made by Mark Hewitt in a Ceramics Monthly essay, June/July 2007 titled Functional Pride: Putting the Fun Back into Functional Pottery. Some of his words bring to mind conversations we have about functional pottery:
“I am a maker of mugs, pitchers and plates, among other things. I do not want to make nonfunctional pots. …My pots are expressions of my individuality; they illuminate the world; they rage against it; they fascinate me with their myriad details…We hold collective creative dreams in our hands, fighting against the forces of uniformity, providing insight, hope and reverie. Our pots become part of people’s lives, where they accomplish more than the task at hand.”
The entire article is a rich source of functional pottery conversation. Read the article online on Mark Hewitt’s website.
Here are some examples of conversations focusing on functional work overheard on claystudiotour.com recently,
Esther Ann Smith (Santa Fe)
Betsy Williams (Rinconada/Dixon)
Sandra Harrington (Questa)
Joey Serim (Santa Fe)
Deadline for entries to Conversations in Clay exhibit is July 14. Register online at nmpotters.org.