More thoughts on clay as a medium

Some good thoughts from The (Mud)Bucket blog:

    We engage in a unique and private dialogue that is more difficult for outsiders to understand than say the dialogue between painters or metalsmiths. Our proccess is less accessible to general patrons of the arts and so the general fine arts audience becomes less accessible to us.

    It is not only the complexity of our medium however that keeps equal recognition at bay. Time has its hands at work here as well. Because time is so integral in the actual process of the ceramic medium, there is an unequivocal amount of preparation and planning that goes into a ceramic sculpture.

The author, Jesse Lu, also asks why it seems as though it’s more difficult for artists using clay to break into mainstream popularity. We we more tied to tradition? Are we as students discouraged to experiment by our profs? In my experience the answer to this question is no, although my experience is limited to the department at one university. Regardless, I can see where Lu is coming from. When you think of artists making it big in the contemporary scene, you don’t usually think of someone working in clay.

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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