Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Art that is made to be used

Okay, this may be a bit abstract, but it is an important part of artifacturing.
Personal creation of everyday objects used for everyday tasks or for everyday enlightenment and appreciation was obsoleted by the Industrial Revolution. The factory replaced the need for personal works of tools, dishes, furniture...
It replaced the need to produce the artifacts, but did it replace the human need for expression through these works?
Artifacturing can retrieve the personal creation of everyday things.

Here is an example of a culture which preserved their traditional craft of pottery...

For one tribe, the Tewas, there is no word for art. "My mother always told me pots are made to be used," says potter Dora Tse-Pe of San Ildefonso Pueblo. "They are sad if you don't use them."

Exploring pueblo pottery is a gateway into the land, people, and native cultures of New Mexico. Born from an intrinsic need for storage vessels, these ceramics are today widely admired and collected for their beauty.

Despite the fact that many pieces fetch as much as $20,000, the idea that pottery is, above all else, inherently functional is still very much a part of American Indian culture

Art that was made to be used | csmonitor.com


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