I'm nearing the end of the formidable teapot project. Its seems the focus of direction away from making towards drawing has proved disastrous for me. My research has led me to interesting places - but my shoddy mould-making skills have let me down. My first pots are in the bisque firing. I'll hopefully be able to put up the results after the crit on friday. Fingers crossed.
I've been thinking a lot about craft within capitalism. Craft... Consumerism... Capitalism.... Communism even?
Its seems like an interesting line of research for me. It was the Niaomi Klien artical in the guardian this weekend that got me thinking about it.
They are the two C words (and ceramics obviously) that I could argue forever. i want to research communist folk craft traditions (which are ace) to communist worker/factory relations (which were a bit rubbish), sham techniques of industrialisation, marketing techniques of calling fucking sandwiches 'handcrafted' and putting them brown 'recyclable' packaging and all that shit that goes on. Craft as 'eco' and 'green'..... sure. SELL ,SELL. SELL.
I spent a lovely day at the new ceramic galleries at the V&A. The new layout on the top floor really does the massive collection justice and its well catagorized. However, it is an absolute nightmare to get to. Travelling on a sleeper from Glasgow to London then getting to the V&A with the District and Circle lines closed was a hundred times easier than trying to reach the top floor once inside. It is accessible by one small lift or about 7 seperate stairways.