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good design and teapots....

updated tue 23 jun 09


Ric Swenson on mon 22 jun 09


By all means we should be observers of our artists...and as cra=

it was my first lesson in remains my life's quest. Observation=

I can make a teapot that pours well...because I observed the pouring of wat=
er from a good vessel....then I gradually learned to craft my own....


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-Wm. Shakespeare, RICHARD III, Act IV Scene III

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> Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:53:46 -0600
> From: vpitelka@DTCCOM.NET
> Subject: Re: good design
> Marci wrote:
> "All this ranting has got me wondering: Where does someone begin?
> I have not taken high school or college art classes. What I
> learned, I learned on my own or from the few private lessons
> or seminars I ve been able to take.... and I approach things from
> a different perspective than most of you ... from a
> painterly perspective where clay is a canvas.
> Design is something you can learn by observing, by studying, and by doing=
> and it is generally best learned by a combination of all three. There are
> good design books out there that are used in 2-D and 3-D design in art
> foundations, and they would be good resources. I always liked the classic
> "Art Fundamentals, Theory and Practice" by Ockvirk, Bone, Stinson, and Wi=
> I expect you could pick up a recent edition for very little on amazon
> marketplace. Also, Phillip Rawson, the eminent late British potter and
> critic, wrote a delicious little book called "Ceramics" and also a good b=
> on design simply called "Design." You can find both on amazon marketplace=
> Rawson's approach is worldly and experienced in terms of art in general, =
> it is also the outlook of a potter, and I always thought he had a special
> way of viewing things.
> Good luck -
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka
> Appalachian Center for Craft
> Tennessee Tech University

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