Category Archives: Arts education

Making our pots understood

My good buddy Tony Clennell just had a good moan about customers looking blankly at his pots and not knowing what they were for. Every potter faces that. Every artist faces the blank stares of incomprehension and befuddlement. Tony suggests, … Continue reading

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Voice = choice + advice

The idea of voice in art… well, it sort of bothers me. When it gets mentioned it often gets mentioned as something to pursue as a goal rather than a side effect of other important things we are doing. And … Continue reading

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The world is not enough

Its been a while since I’ve heard anyone claim “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I hope we have moved on from that, from the idea that beauty is entirely subjective and that it has no independent reality … Continue reading

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A backlash against handcrafting?

I just ran across this video, and while part of me is sympathetic to lampooning the trend of artisanal crafts that prey on the value associations of handcrafting with big dollars, I am more than a little disturbed by the … Continue reading

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My pots for a song

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I have pondered … Continue reading

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Responding to Tom Sutcliffe on The Great Pottery Throw Down

A friend and stellar student of mine shared an article on fb from the Guardian and asked me what I thought of this quote: “Pottery, rather literally, brings the philosophy of beauty down to earth and lets you turn it … Continue reading

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On handles, with Eric Botbyl

Eric Botbyl posted this on facebook: “The last handle in a very long day of handle making. There is no rushing this part of the process. I resolved long ago that good handles take time and quicky handles are dumb. … Continue reading

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Pete Pinnell – Transcending the Naked Truth

Not doing a great job following through with my intentions to post on the things that make ceramics and pottery in particular things worth saving in schools, but I suppose I have a few too many irons in the fire … Continue reading

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Passionate teaching

Just read a blog essay that describes a teacher’s experience critiquing students, and it brought to mind some issues I have been thinking about lately. So in a brief departure from my adventures with Saving Ceramics in Schools, here are … Continue reading

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Share your thoughts on why clay matters

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, … Continue reading

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