Anyway, that is not the point of my post. Carter Gillies has a post on his blog right now that has me thinking and boiling just a little. It's a great post, go read it if you haven't yet.
I used to be a huge fan of Ceramics Monthly magazine. I was a subsrciber and couldn't wait for the next month's issue to come. Then, they took a path that I just don't get. The MFA factor thing does not interest me in the least. The "art" they are presenting each month I also don't get. I love beautiful things, I love thought provoking art, I love creativity. I don't mind controversial art if it makes an important statement and you can feel the passion of the artist. What I do mind are ceramic artists that blob some clay around give it some profane name or make a joke of it and get recognition for this work. Can I just say again that sometime the Emperor is not wearing any clothes! There is one statement from Carter's post that I can very much relate to:
A potter’s quest for humble and intimate beauty is simply less important than the grand ideas of…. Well, take your pick from any academic’s artist statement....
If you have read my blog for awhile, you know I have had some rants about academic artist's statements and academic art in general. I am mostly a self taught potter, I strive for beauty in my work with what skills I have at this point, I like simplicity and beauty. I know that there are other ceramic artists that are just like me. Brandon Phillips made a great point in his comment on Carter's blog about the time an MFA student spends working on their pottery as opposed to those who work at it day in and day out for 20-30 years. Those are the people that should be celebrated and featured, they earned their right to be there. A 4 year student should pay more dues, that may piss some people off, but it's how I feel. I'm paying my dues, I'm not getting a feature article written about me any time soon and neither are a lot of very talented potters out there. I'm getting off point, but this blog post has a lot of good stuff in there and I get more out of it every time I go back and read it.
Anyway, the post brings to mind one of my favorite quotes ever from William Morris: " Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"
Another great quote by him that I love:
“If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful House; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.”I've really had too much espresso this morning, so I better stop now before I make someone mad:)