It can be as simple as a bowl or as intricate as a sculpture. Either way, thee these artists say pottery is not going anywhere anytime soon.
The two ‘Artists-in-Residence” at the London Clay Arts Centre and Potters Guild Hannah Pruder and Nicole Waddick say ceramics is more than dishware you can buy at a store.
Pruder got into pottery after deciding she didn’t want to go into education. She says she once met a man who said if he wanted a plate he could just go to Wal-Mart and buy something that was exactly like what she makes.
“It’s going to be machine-made, it doesn’t have the personal touch. It isn’t going to be as re-fined as what I make,” says Pruder
Pruder’s counterpart Nicole Waddick thinks there’s a new form of ceramics on the horizon
“Interest in pottery in the traditional sense is waning, but in ceramics is making huge moves in contemporary and fine arts. Ceramic artists are using social and political issues, as well as issues from their personal lives as inspiration for their work,” says Waddick
Pruder adds with the hipster and indie culture growing, old art forms—like pottery—are becoming new again