Point is, ceramics is #trending, and that's a really great thing. It brings attention, acclaim, and money to the discipline and participates in a contemporary cultural dialogue. GREAT. The problem is, is that the people who are articulating this "trend," both the makers and writers, are doing so with a very limited perspective. This trend, like most trends, ignores the history and depth of studio ceramics in the US and Canada, marginalizing makers who have devoted their lives and talents to making better, more complex pottery than the kind that's being showcase.
I wrote a paper this semester, only to hand it in and see the NYT article a few days later. "Wow," I thought, "This would have been a GREAT source for my paper," and then CFile's rebuttal came soon after and I thought, "Wow, I just said something remarkably similar."
So here's my contribution to the conversation.
You can read the NYT article here and the CFile response here (God bless Garth Clark's scathing rhetoric...)