Lost & Found
The word loss brings different things to mind for different people. Obviously losing one’s keys is very different than losing a loved one, but a single idea encompasses these very different occurrences. I am attempting to give others an opportunity to think about a loss they’ve experienced, and creating models of these objects, people, or ideas. While born from my own musings about loss, Lost and Found has become a vehicle for exploring ideas of value and preciousness. After all, the value of an object or memory is perceived as much greater once it is lost, and through loss one discovers what it is they value.
I’ve written about this project in its earliest form before. Essentially, I am looking for stories of loss to build upon the archive that I have already collected. Originally I wanted to have some kind of personal interaction with everyone involved, but I am hoping that this way I can reach more people and give the project a wider scope.
If you’d like to contribute to this project, please send an email to to email@example.com with the subject “Lost and Found” the following information:
1) Your name or pseudonym
2) A story of something you’ve lost. This can be a single word or several sentences, whatever your inclination is. It doesn’t need to require a great deal of thought (unless you want it to!) and can be the first thing that comes to mind.
3) A mailing address. I will keep all the addresses I receive private. Should you wish to withhold that information for the time being that’s absolutely fine, but upon the project’s completion I am planning to send all of the participants a piece if the project, so please consider it.
4) Whether or not you would like to receive updates on the project. (This blog is where I have been posting my academic writing on my progress, if anyone is interested. I also plan to post on this blog).
Any contributions are sincerely appreciated! And by all means, tell anyone you think would be interested in participating.
Does any artist who has sold their work on consignment have any advice for doing so?
Been thinking a lot about production ceramics today, for obvious reasons and because I am feeling pissy about how artists of certain media treat ceramics on the whole.
The fallacy: Since ceramics are functional, they are utensils, not art.
My thoughts: All art serves a function. We hang art and photos on our walls when we like how they look and how they make us feel and what they make us think about. They brighten our homes and our lives with their visibility. Ceramics do this too! A beautiful vase or jar can improve your daily life the same way a gorgeous painting can. And some ceramics may be extremely functional, like mugs, but they are also still art. Somebody sat down, worked clay with their hands and minds, designed and conceived and produced a thing of beauty flavored with their own style and preferences, the same way a painter works with paint and canvas, or a photographer works with light and lens and developing techniques.
I think functional art is beautiful. Look at designer furniture- it is as much art as it is functional.
Ceramics are no different. They are beautiful, and they store cotton balls. They make you happy, and they are perfectly shaped to hold flowers. They lift your spirits, and it’s perfect for your morning coffee. Through use, the work only gains value and meaning. It does not lose its worth the moment it becomes more than just a pretty thing to look at.
This is one of the major differences between western and eastern ceramics, by the way. Western culture prefers the pristine, clean, highly refined pieces, and when a piece shows signs of wear, it is “damaged.” Eastern culture celebrates the imperfections and variations, and they view the use of the work as favorable.
And that’s just for work that IS functional! Many sculptors and potters produce work that is non-functional, and decorative only. Functionality does not define the artistic value of the piece.
Fallacy: But painters don’t mass produce work the way furniture companies and potters do. The mass production cheapens the product.
My thoughts: No, the mass production keeps the artist from going bankrupt and disperses their work as broadly as possible. Most of us will never end up in museums. But if we make a hundred similar mugs, and each of those mugs goes to a different home, then we will have quietly influenced a hundred lives. Those people will live with our art, appreciate it, love it, embrace it, and make it a part of their lives. If only one person gets a mug, then only that person will have been touched. The goal is not to be some prestigious arrogant hoity toity artist with a stick jammed up their ass, but to disperse work as widely as possible and keep food on the table.
Fallacy: Okay, but ceramics aren’t conceptual. Painting is. That’s what defines art.
My thoughts: But not all painting considered art are conceptual. The Mona Lisa? That was the Renaissance’s equivalent of portrait photography, made only because somebody paid Leo to paint her so they could hang her face on the wall. The Last Supper? That was illustrative, and also church propaganda- no real thought there.
(And this was a selfie.)
On the ceramics side, there are also highly conceptual pieces.
So really, if you’re gonna try to tell me that ceramics aren’t art just because it’s dirt based, I’m gonna tell you right where you can shove your prejudices. Because you’re wrong.
A+ thoughts, Slim. A+.
Well known and respected ceramic artist, Christa Assad, needs our help. A recent fire left her with a broken back, homeless and unable to work for a minimum of three months.
Currently there is a raffle being held with a number of amazing ceramics works by different artists to help.
Visit https://www.youcaring.com/christaassad to see all the great work
This semester has been busy busy busy, which is why I have been neglecting to update this blog as much as I’d like.
I’m taking a wood design class and its very difficult but I enjoy it. My first project is almost done and my second is due soon so there will be photos.
Thesis crawls on. I’ll continue to share when I’ve updated my official thesis blog.
Here’s a 3D printed model I made last semester with the help of 123D Catch from Autodesk, Netfab, and my professor, who printed it.
I’m going to NCECA in a few days! Hurray!
Friendly reminder to current & incoming college students:
It’s around that time of year where we have to submit our tax and income information for college, assuming you qualify for federal aid. When you are filling out your FAFSA application, make sure you choose the one with the web address of https://fafsa.ed.gov
It may seem pretty obvious, but when I was an RA, I’ve had a surprising amount of residents who had no idea which one to choose, and got caught up in things like:
- being charged to file (FAFSA is a free application and the government WILL NEVER CHARGE YOU)
- having sensitive information willingly taken (FAFSA is done online through a secure server on a .gov website, which for all intents and purposes is safe), and…
- …Because it was filed in the wrong place, the college never receives your information. Students think that everything is done, and wind up with no financial aid for the coming school year because they didn’t bother to check. This results in a lot of heartbreak and tears when you’re scrambling to get enrolled!
So please please PLEASE pay attention when you’re applying for aid. Don’t get scammed, and don’t get screwed out of help, okay?
And as another quick tip: make sure you have this year’s tax information handy (and your parents, if you’re a dependent) to make the process easier. Even if you think you or your folks make too much, apply anyway! Sometimes you could qualify for certain grants and scholarships through your school - but they need your FAFSA info!
This has been a friendly reminder. Good luck! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
Day one of the sale was super successful. Come by tomorrow (Tuesday the 25th) for more! SUB 100, 9:00ish am to 5:00 pm.
I just got my plane ticket to Milwaukee for this year’s NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts)!
Please help support me and my fellow ceramic students at SUNY New Paltz by coming to our sale, Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th in SUB 100! You’ll get some cool new things, free food, and help us in going to NCECA, paying for thesis shows, and other great things!