Saturday, March 5, 2011

Primitive pottery vs industry

"There are places throughout the world, such as this community in Funjoho, Africa, that still employ primitive techniques to create their work.

Remember that in art, "primitive" doesn't have to do with lack of intelligence or skill, but simply is a term people "who spend a lot of time in classrooms" use to describe people "who spend a lot of time in nature."   In the case of Grandma Moses, she was considered a Primitive artist, a person who didn't have her education through  classrooms but rather through her own experiences.

African pottery...

A woman making pottery in Funjoho, Africa

A pit fired pot by Colleen O'Sullivan in New York, America, 2007.

Jayne Shatz shares...
"WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT SEVERAL CENTURIES ELAPSED in which women were not making a substantial amount of pottery; men took over traditional pottery manufacturing and turned it into an industry. This is just a fraction of time in the total history of ceramic production. Ancient women potters produced great work from 27,000 BPE until about 1500 BPE. That constitutes 25,000 years of clay production. Viewed in this light, the period between 1500 BPE to 1800 PE (Present Era), represents 3000 years out of a total of 25,000 years that women have been working in clay. By the late 1800’s, women re-emerged onto the ceramic scene, working in art potteries, schools, private studios and industry. Their enduring presence ascended into the ceramic oeuvre once more!

Primitive pottery was a continuing practice among Indigenous peoples throughout the world.  Today (2011) if you "google" primitive pottery, you will find quite a few classes that teach all over the United States how to make this style..."primitive pottery."

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Thanks for making this a more personal connection by saying what you think. I'll post your comments for others to see soon!