Some interesting discussions took place in the workshop today….
Issues of collaboration and ownership, the value of creativity and the difference between creativity and commodification, the relationship between artist and technician and an anthropological view of the making process…..the list goes on.
I don’t have any of the answers, but it made me stop and think about making, which is always a good exercise especially as I have been collaborating with various artists over the past three years. What roles do ideas, inspiration, creativity, research, observation, collaboration, challenge, advice and discussion have in the making and creative process and particularly how can ownership be defined if collaboration has been a key part of the final work? Answers on a postcard?
On a material note, my printing and body tests are progressing slowly as I have to wait for another bisque firing before I can glaze fire my test tiles. In the meantime, here is an image of the workshop facilities at SSW, they are pretty good, being only a year old they are developing all the time as each ceramic residency takes place.