Bowie Croisant Ceramic Artist Weblog

September 20, 2007

The Persistence of Craft: Craft in a Changing World

Filed under: Uncategorized — bowie croisant @ 4:09 pm

I recently read the introduction to Paul Greenhalgh’s “The Persistence of Craft.”  In it, he covered a broad range of issues pertaining to……..you guessed it!  Craft!  I particularly liked his discussion of the idea of place.  Here he discussed our inherent need to create “places or, sites with a density and weight of symbolic meaning.”  Also, how craft objects help to establish these places by creating a sense of permanence, themselves becoming somewhat “portable places”.  This permanence is particularly relative to work in clay, which is much more permanent than virtually any other form of craft.  Another interesting point made during this discussion was the idea of this permanence creating a collective memory that is experienced through the passing on of objects through history. 

I also found the discussion on quality to be somewhat interesting and I will leave you with a quote from this section:

 “Art is the realisation that material has the potential to be raised into a higher state.”

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