Saturday, December 12, 2009

Art vs. Craft

I'm so excited about this round of work, I woke up this morning at 6:30am and couldn't go back to sleep!! I am proud to say that I really feel that my work has gone to the next level. If you know me, you know that I usually practice modesty, but this is a shining achievement that even I will admit out loud. It's also amazing because in all the years of making art, this is the first work that I can confidently say stands on its own as well made, and beautiful, without it's maker needing to give an explanation. This brings up discussion on Art vs. Craft. A topic that Reed and I continue to converse about. Right now, I look at my work as both art and craft, and I consider myself an artist. But it will be interesting to see how that position evolves in my life as I continue to make work.
I should note that the weight of these are so light and even, you can tell that the overall form has been a huge improvement on my part. Also, the foot (base) on each mug and serving bowl, are the cleanest, and most professional looking, I've ever done. (I will try to post a pic later of the bottom of these pieces) Unfortunately, these are not the greatest photos and you can't see the brilliance of the color, but take a look. There will also be a forth mug coming out in the next glaze fire to complete the mug set.