As a field, we are particularly good at time travel, but really only in one direction. We can, and should, start to look forward-further and more often than we do. Many potters define their work by how it differs from industrially made work. For example, the industrial pot is seen as flawless, boring, identical, sterile, cheap, safe and lacking a personal connection to the user. This critical definition goes back to William Morris’ 19th-century attack on industrialization and his subsequent championing of craft.
Three dimensional printing can be used to create ceramic-art objects, out of three different types of slip bodies, and can be finished using standard ceramic equipment and processes.
An Australian–born potter living in Japan discusses his collaborations with chefs to create ware specifically designed for the presentation and enjoyment of food.
Looking for and recognizing the qualities in pots that make them timeless, instructive and perhaps even priceless.