Talking Clay: Perspectives on a Passion

Simon Levin and Steven Rolf are passionate about pots. They have been involved with pots for a long time. Making pots. Teaching pots. Looking at pots. Talking about pots. And talking some more. Their thoughtful analysis and study of ceramics have been inspirational and instructional to...(Scroll for more.)

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…their students and apprentices over the years, but what about the rest of us? Good news! We caught some of their clay conversations on video and can now share them with the Ceramic Arts Network audience. In their new video Talking Clay: Perspectives on a Passion, Simon and Steven share their thoughts and observations on some of the beautiful pots in their collections, as well as some of their own.

The art of critique

Although we may dread them, critiques are a necessary part of becoming a successful ceramic artist. Learning how to identify and talk about what makes some pots or sculpture better than others is an important skill for any ceramic artist. Learning this skill helps you figure out what to look for and strive toward in your own body of work. One of the best ways to learn this skill is to spend time with people who have been making ceramic art for a long time. But this is easier said than done for many of us. That’s why we decided to create Talking Clay: Perspectives on a Passion, a series in which movers and shakers in the ceramics field talk ceramic art. This video will help you learn to talk and think critically about ceramic art and recognize the strengths and weaknesses in your own work. If pots are your passion too, this video is for you!

Simon and Steve’s longtime friendship is evident in the comfortable rapport they share with one another. So pull up a chair and experience it with them as you watch this video. You’ll feel like you’ve just spent an evening talking pots with some good friends.

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