Category Archives: Wittgenstein

Repost: Maximum Beauty

From March 19th of 2015: “Often, stepping into another artists’ home is like a reassuring brush with the truth that we’re not the crazy ones; that it’s the rest of the aesthetically bankrupt world that’s got it wrong. I love … Continue reading

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Lingua Ceramica

Its been a while since I’ve given myself the time to listen to a podcast interview. I hate that about the recent months in my life, but just listening stretches me when I usually feel like I need to be … Continue reading

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Art is the epidemic of human creativity

Time to share a little nugget of how my brain works: When anyone understands anything it usually looks like this, A->B->C…. Things follow one from the other in often well established patterns. That’s a good thing. But what artists (and … Continue reading

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Creativity had a baby and they named it Art

Of course we don’t talk as glowingly about its illegitimate children…. (This is a brief meditation on how some words work and what the difference between a name and a description is.) I recently read an article that suggested that … Continue reading

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What art and toilets have in common

(Another example of why the instrumental argument for arts advocacy misses the point) “There may be no greater evidence that increasing arts in schools won’t create more arts patrons/lovers than the fact people in India won’t use toilets.” Joe Patti, from … Continue reading

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Our man in Jarland (that’s jar land)

Week three of the Copying the Masters class was all sorts of interesting. We closed the door on Michael Simon’s pitcher and moved on to two covered jars by another local Athens potter, Brooks Burgess. (Brooks passed away a couple … Continue reading

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Learning craft

(He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.)  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (6.54)   I am two weeks into teaching the perennially favorite “Copying the Masters” wheel class this term, and it … Continue reading

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Hacking the grammar of art

I listened to the 2nd installment of Michael Kline’s podcast interview with Nick Joerling the other day and had a fantastic time eavesdropping on these two great potters and friends. Michael does such a marvelous job of setting a relaxed … Continue reading

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Rhyming and reasoning

The issues I discussed in my last post are difficult for me to make absolute sense of. I feel there is something important in the discussion, but the conclusions I want to draw all seem to fly in the face … Continue reading

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Potters’ pots, low hanging fruit, and faces that only mothers could love

You know the phrase, “A face only a mother could love”? Well, potters’ pots are sort of like that. And while it might be easy to assume that mothers only have the prejudice of kinship to their advantage, they also … Continue reading

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