Cheryl L Litman on fri 25 dec 98
At one of our college's student shows, some of the pedestals were quite
low and we noticed that one toddler kept touching the pottery. A friend
and I wondered if we should do a "low" show just for kids and make it
I also heard of a show set up in a dark tunnel so that everyone could
experience the art in a purely tactile way.
On Wed, 23 Dec 1998 10:53:46 EST Martin Howard
>A blind friend is to come to my pottery to throw pots.
>I am looking forward to the experience of helping him.
>Thank you Clayart for pointers in the right direction.
>When one sense fails, others more than compensate.
>Webbs Cottage Pottery and Press
>Woolpits Road, Great Saling
>Essex CM7 5DZ
>01371 850 423
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Russel Fouts on sat 26 dec 98
>> At one of our college's student shows, some of the pedestals were quite low a
very tactile. I also heard of a show set up in a dark tunnel so that
everyone could experience the art in a purely tactile way. <<
I have a large, low, wide bowl by Belgian ceramist Kaat Pauwels that
sits by the door to my apartment. Whenever anybody is standing at the
door on the way to going or coming in, there hand almost invariably
wanders over to that bowl an starts caressing it. It always catches them
unaware that they're doing it.
The tactile aspects of clay are some of the things that sets it apart
from other arts. Phillip Rawson writes about this in "Ceramics".
Russel (always frustrated by bots behind glass)
Eydie DeVincenzi on sat 26 dec 98
Does your new blind student use Braille? Will he/she be putting Braille
labels on the glaze containers? Will the person want to make pots that
would be enjoyed by =3Cother=3E blind people?
Kelley Webb Randel on sun 27 dec 98
George Sample, now retired, professor from CMSU, had a bisqued pot of enormous
proportions sitting on the kiln room shelf for years. I called it the
"pineapple pot" for it's construction reminded me very much of the fruit, and
I always touched it as I walked by. When I asked whose pot it was, and why it
wasn't glazed, George told me about the blind woman that constructed it. She
felt she was done, and didn't need it glazed or in her home since she couldn't
How incredibly sad that she didn't feel the need to be able to touch her pot
regularly, and delight in the feel of what she had created. It was a
Happy Holidays to all!
Kelley Webb Randel