I am a big fan of the documentary film, especially when the subject
of the documentary is art. I never tire of listening to artists discuss
their work, their working methods and their motivations. Exposing
oneself to the perspectives of other artists can be extremely helpful
in figuring out one’s own artistic voice. But it is not always easy to
do this, of course, because good documentaries about ceramic artists
aren’t exactly lining the shelves of the local Blockbuster. So whenever
I find a good one, I want to spread the word.

Today I am doing just that with a clip from a new documentary.
Produced by the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the film is called “

and it is a darn good one. This beautifully shot video traces the
nearly three-decade partnership of these two master (sorry Tom, I know
you don’t like that word) potters. Like any good art documentary, it
includes footage of the two artists deftly working and provides insight
into what makes this joint venture so successful. So sit back, watch
the clip and enjoy!

Plus, check out the images of Frank and Tom’s work below! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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An exhibition titled “On the River Through the Valley of Fire: The Collaborative Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman,” is on view through February 14, 2009 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California.

An article excerpted from the accompanying book of the same name appeared in the

March 2009 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Subscribe today!

A selection of works from “On the River Through the Valley of Fire: The Collaborative Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman” will be presented in the lobby of the Wyndham Hotel in Phoenix during the NCECA conference, April 8-11, 2009.

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