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clayart digest - 17 jun 1996 to 18 jun 1996-functionalist

updated sun 30 jun 96


Patrick & Lynn Hilferty on wed 19 jun 96

>When we as potters/ceramists deny function in favor of abstraction, is not
>the result of this abstraction merely decoration? Can decoration, as an end
>in itself, be considered "Fine Art"? Or is it an Applied art? Are these
>dated concepts with no relevance to the contemporary potter/ceramist?
>Recent authors and publications would be appreciated.

These are pretty interesting questions and I doubt that they can be
answered on anything other than a case by case basis. The terms that you
use to phase these questions, however, need to be clearly understood, if
perhaps only on a personal level. What do these words mean to you? What are
their agreed upon meanings? The language used to formulate questions tend
define, I think, the scope and nature of the answers sought. My question to
you is, where do you want to go and how do you want to get there?

As for reading recomendations, may I suggest:

"Chaos" by James Glick
"Wittgenstein" by H.L. Finch
"Metaphors We Live by" by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
"The Writing Life" by Annie Dillard

Have fun.

Patrick Hilferty

Patrick Hilferty
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