So last post I ended by inviting folks to share why they thought clay specifically was important to the experience of arts education and why clay art offered something unique and worth encouraging. Scott chimed in with:
In a word, “plasticity”.
And I have to agree that plasticity is a huge contribution of clay to the arts experience. What else is? What more can we say to flesh that idea out?
Not very many folks read this blog, I suppose, and of those few not many comment on posts, but I am sincerely interested in your opinions and insight. I want you to feel like you can share if you have something to share, especially if you are a person engaged with the medium in a serious way. But really everyone who has an opinion on why clay matters is welcome.
So let me ask again, if you are aware of resources that support the idea of clay in the arts lets hear what they are. Articles, essays, videos, whatever. If its just you rambling on about how clay reflects some greater truth about your own life and experiences, share that.
This blog has become too much of an echo chamber, and it takes so much of my time to write, let alone think these things through. If I’m the only one who cares about this issue, so be it. If you are fed up with academia and would rather see clay painfully extruded through the doors on its way out, so be it. If you think that education in clay has no value for the arts, so be it. If you think that the world will be just fine with future clay artists figuring it out all on their own, in casual night classes and community centers, so be it. If you think that justifying clay is beside the point and that the only thing that matters is one’s own appreciation, so be it…..
But if you DO care, if you think that clay matters more than just your own fancy, why not share that story?
I look forward to anything you have to say :)
Make beauty real!