Choosing craft : the artist's viewpoint by Vicki Halper, Diane Douglas

By Vicki Halper, Diane Douglas

Choosing Craft explores the historical past and perform of yank craft throughout the phrases of influential artists whose lives, paintings, and ideas have formed the sector. Editors Vicki Halper and Diane Douglas build an anecdotal narrative that examines the post-World conflict II improvement of contemporary craft, which got here of age along modernist portray and sculpture and used to be enormously encouraged by way of them in addition to through conventional and commercial practices.

The anthology is geared up based on 4 actions that floor a qualified existence in craft--inspiration, education, economics, and philosophy. Halper and Douglas mined a wide selection of resources for his or her fabric, together with artists' released writings, letters, magazine entries, exhibition statements, lecture notes, and oral histories. The specific checklist they collected unearths craft's dynamic relationships with portray, sculpture, layout, undefined, folks and ethnic traditions, pastime craft, and political and social events. jointly, those reflections shape a social background of craft.

Choosing Craft eventually deals artists' writings and reminiscences as important and vibrant information that deserve common research as a chief source for these drawn to the yank paintings form.

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It will also be his and it will be a good pot. Source: Marguerite Wildenhain, “Media Needs,” The Craftsman’s World (American Craftsmen’s Council), June 1959, 167. MARY CAROLINE (M. ) RICHARDS (b. 1916 in Wieser, Idaho; d. 1999 in Kimberton, Pennsylvania) deserted a rising academic career in the humanities for the experimental artistic community at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, where she taught English from 1945 to 1951. Her influential book Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person (1962) advocated self-discovery through a melding of mind, hand, and spirit.

My pottery is probably the most Indian thing about me. I dance for the Cochiti feast on July 14th and practice my Indian ways by doing prayer, but my pottery is what is most Indian. My pots are my prayers: I pray when I make clay and I pray when I fire pots. I’m careful about the designs I use. I think it’s ok to give parts of the Indian designs to another culture (such as the Anglos), but there’s a point at which those designs become sacred and are not a commodity for sale.

I do works today that are considered to be politically or socially oriented. I am forty-six years old, so that means when I was younger I was a “flower child”—peace and love and let’s all get together. I traveled around the world looking for myself in everyone, looking for African influence in every place, and searching for any knowledge I could get about extending my family’s involvement with needle and thread. I like making messages. I like doing things that are politically or socially oriented because I feel that I am a citizen of the world.

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