I’m demonstrating at Art in Action this week, and I’ve been thinking about the Ceramic Tent’s theme of “balance”.
For me, the interesting balance is dynamic equilibrium, much more part of life than something static. When time becomes part of the equations things get interesting – whether in physics or biology or organisational design. And of course in throwing pots..
There’s something about shaping porcelain in motion, in rotation, that’s very fundamental. It’s a bit like sailing a boat, I think, about a balance of opposing forces. It looks still, but is actually dynamic.
And I think this leads to a very different aesthetic. Maybe like handling a sailing boat it’s a partnership with natural forces rather than an attempt to control them. A sailing boat doesn’t look like a tanker. A kind of minimalist aesthetic is enforced – although this might be a stretch – like the best, “elegant” solutions of science and engineering.
I’d like to also add that this has value because it “treads lightly on the earth”, it’s a good use of resources, but this might be a stretch too!