I saw this a while back, and although it is 32 minutes long I will undoubtedly watch it again and again over the years. I think its a must see for potting folks, so I hope you all share it with your potter friends and colleagues. (I just noticed that the video doesn’t appear in my Google Reader, so if you are accessing the post on your GR you will have to click the post to view the video.)
These are some of the things he talks about (You can also skip ahead to any of the sections):
00:00 A short history of art. Modernism and Postmodernism. Intimacy vs abstraction. Variations in how things function.
11:30 What makes a good cup. Visual, formal, compositional considerations. The requirement of dissonance. Making a statement overtly or as unconscious content. References to context or kinds of object. The difference between apples and oranges.
16:05 Cups and mugs. The different demands of use. Different kinds of cups for different uses.
17:30 A Linda Christianson mug. Comfort can lead to inattention. Discomfort brings awareness and interaction. Pots communicate by means of dialog, not by being “seen and not heard”.
22:20 How men handle cups and how women handle cups. Age and society, strength and expectations. Generic and specific considerations.
29:20 The case of teabowls. Interaction and teaching moments.
This was all such great stuff, but probably the part that most blew my mind was his discussion of how women and men almost always have different ways of holding mugs. I have since made my own survey of students and friends and come pretty much to the same conclusion. Fascinating stuff! I wonder how many of us design our handles with the gender of the user specifically in mind?
What do you all think?