This morning an email for an upcoming pottery show had a snippet from the artist statement of the juror, Kevin Crowe. The snippet was so interesting I went to his website for the rest. It's worth a read. It's both poetic and passionate. Here it is as printed on his website:
This century will bring an even more digitized life to the developed world; the information river will be up and out of its banks and the pressure to eat it in the car will seem normal.
Many of the functions we make pots for will merge, transform and disappear. Making pots will be an act of civil disobedience. Time has become money. Our pots will be needed more than ever before.
A bowl of tea between silent lovers, the salad bowl at the table of noisy friends and family, the coffee mug just before the kids rise---all quietly keep our souls alive. They make love stay.
When the moon is right, we make pots that recognize and define sacred spaces, mystery and tenderness.
At this brittle and exciting edge of the 21st century, we will make pots with a renewed awareness of how essential our work is --- that what we do matters.
We make a quiet difference and sometimes ----that’s all it takes.
Awesome artist and former student Nora Howell was recently the subject of a fine article by Liuan Huska in the April 2014 edition of Sojourners magazine. Nora's commitment to racial and social issues, and the generosity of spirit and humor that saturate her work, are truly inspirational. I was priviledged to be interviewed for the article, and Liuan was kind enough to edit my ramblings into something cohesive. You can catch a glimpse of the article here (you'll have to pay for full access).
You can see more of Nora's work here.
Liuan Huska keeps a blog here.
the studio chair
A place for me to ramble on when I need to take a break.