Capturing the Process of Making

I have been particularity inspired by the words of an artist (Joesph Beuys) and a craftsperson (Tim Parry-Williams) on this journey.

practice being a key indicator of signs of knowledge and concept, translated through the language of process’ (Parry-Williams,  2007).

 ‘The transition from one state to another, the passage from chaotic energy through action to organised form: These are the invisible processes that are most difficult to convey in a visual form. The hand and the mind that guide the pencil or arrange the material must be in tune with the forces being expressed.’ (Joseph Beuys cited in Tisdall, 2011: 71)

Both provide a practice based methodology and regard the process of making an important factor, indicating knowledge and skill.  Without conveying the process of making, this knowledge cannot be interpreted by others.

In an effort to capture the process of making, I have begun to extend my knowledge of wheel throwing. The differences between each tea bowl, denote the individuality of each piece (unlike the repeated, regular works made through slip casting). The process is explicit here. My knowledge is translated through the language of process (Parry-Williams,  2007), but is it yet a language worth sharing?


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