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Mingei, or art of the people, was a movement begun in 1926 by Sōetsu Yanagi and others. Just shy of a century later, the ideals of Mingei are still relevant to generations of potters in the U.S. and abroad. Everyday Ordinary: Art of the People is an exhibition of contemporary ceramics and a catalogue of essays reflecting the principles and philosophies of twentieth century Mingei traditions for a new generation. The display showcases ceramic pieces that represent the breadth of our history and exciting paths within the expansive and diverse ceramic field.
To celebrate The Clay Studio’s 45th anniversary we invited 45 artists to reflect on three seminal texts on ceramics: The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty by Sōetsu Yanagi highlights a roadmap towards beauty, A Potter’s Book by Bernard Leach describes the road towards a criterion, and A Potter’s Workbook by Clary Illian provides exercises towards seeing a form holistically.
Each artist was invited to submit an essay meditating on concepts in the three books and therefore contribute to the written history of craft and inspire other artists to meditate on these important works. A few themes that surfaced through the individual essays were: standards in making, defining one’s own practice, personal definitions of Mingei now, and how to define beauty.
STANLEY MACE ANDERSEN
MICHAEL HUNT + NAOMI DALGLISH
JACOB RAEDER + LAYLA MROZOWSKI
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