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ceramic arts history responses: too academic (humble response)

updated mon 10 nov 08


Jeff Longtin on fri 7 nov 08

All right,

maybe I need to get new glasses?

It appears Laura did ask about "abstract expressionist ceramicists".

I'll still argue for representation of "commercial" artists/potters as being
of value in her research, but on this I will conceed.

later all


ps. several years ago the Northern Clay Center bought Peter Voulkos to the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I have issues with the NCC, they don't respect
slip casting as a process, but with Peter Voulkos I do not. It was wonderful
to see, and hear, him speak about his life as a potter. A memory I will

In a message dated 11/7/2008 8:48:01 P.M. Central Standard Time,
clayart@EARTHLINK.NET writes:

Jeff, I think the original request was for abstract expressionists
connected to Voulkos. Mike Gordon
On Nov 7, 2008, at 11:42 AM, Jeff Longtin wrote:

> As I'm pondering all the "you should look up these people" responses,
> it
> strikes me quite profoundly that we're recommending ceramic TEACHERS
> and not
> commercial potter/ceramic designers.
> Granted the teachers mentioned are profound and quite influential but
> aren't
> we doing Laura a disservice by steering her toward men and women
> immersed in
> academia without mentioning those that were influential in the
> marketplace?
> Most Americans, over the last half century, have not sat down and had
> dinner
> off a Voulkos dinner plate or had their morning cup of coffee out of a
> Ron
> Nagle creation. (I respect the work of both those men, immensly, but I
> haven't
> eaten off their work.)
> Yes, the academics have their place but don't we, as WORKING potters,
> have a
> responsibilty to discuss the commercial application of our medium as
> well?
> Jeff
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Vince Pitelka on sat 8 nov 08

Come on people, read the message. Laura Boyce did not ask about "Abstract
Expressionist" ceramics, and if she had, that would certainly be a very
short list. Here's what she asked:

"Hello All,I am a young ceramics student who has started to do research on
ceramics since 1950. I have heard of Peter Voulkos and "abstract
expressionist ceramics" I am having some difficulty figuring out who else I
should be looking at for the presentation I need to put together for class.
Can anyone suggest some other artists from that era? Any names or book
suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Laura"

A few more I thought of from those early days - Don Reitz, John and Suzanne
Stephenson, Beatrice Wood, Marguerite Wildenhain, Vivika and Otto Heino,
Gertrude and Otto Natzler, F. Carlton Ball, Antonio Prieto, Maija Grotell,
Rose Cabat, Jerry Rothman, Rudy Autio. It goes on and on. There are quite
a few working potters on that list, including some who are also academics.
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Tech University;