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apprenticeship vs mfa?

updated mon 30 sep 96


Dan Wilson on mon 16 sep 96

Carla Flati says:

>I'd also suggest that they do an apprenticeship AFTER they get their MFA
>because the >term "starving artist" wasn't just made up, it's a fact of
>life. They would have to ask >themselves, "How do I want to support myself
>while waiting to become a famous >artist?"

This is not a question a real artist would ever ask.

>Personally, I think functional pottery IS art but I guess this opinion
>belongs in the art >vs. craft thread,......

Its not art unless its the honest, unique, personal expression of an
artist. Everything else is just pottery. Done by potters. This statement
also belongs in the Art vs. Craft thread.

> These same snobs seem to really like the modern day primitive fired work
>which may >be based on the wares of a "lowly" potter....

Since the middle of the 19th century the Eastern example has exerted a
great deal of influence on the tastes of "snobs" and regular folks alike.
I call it a product of Romantic Idealism. Its examples represent more than
the things themselves but an ideal that is connected to todays underlying
aversion to anything allied to the machine and mass production. This is
what I think may be true. It may belong in the "Book o Lies". It is
difficult to deny the beauty of their achievements. It is even more
difficult to meet the ideal. (1. A conception of something in its absolute
2. One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence.
3. An ultimate object of endeavor; a goal. 4. An honorable or worthy
principle or aim. a.h.d. std. ed.)
" To accept the beauty of our own achievements, we must throw off the yoke
of the past and re-evaluate our attitudes regarding things machine made
and mass produced. This is the now and now we must create what will be seen
tomorrow as then - and valuable. This is the ultimate goal of the
democratization of art. Everything will be art and everything will be
beautiful. From the "lowly" craftsperson to the "finest" of the fine
artists; each thing produced will be given the same value as the next thing
produced. Each a product of our culture and our times...." From the Journal
of Thomas Purdy. I'll have more to say after my next double latte (accent
adieu above the e).

Over the edge in Bellingham Wa.