Musing on Art: What and Why is there Art?

  1. Art is the attempt by one to challenge the preconceptions of another.
  2. Art is the creation of beauties.
  3. Art is the attempt externalized self-inner self.
  4. Art is snapshots of moments in human history.
  5. Art is the revealing of secrets.
  6. Art is the attempt to blend the beautiful and the grotesque.
  7. Art is the belief (evidence) the consciousness bears responsibility.
  8. Art is the attempt to unmask the mysteries of life.
  9. Art is the tool before science and after religion to understand.
  10. Art is the belief that it matters.
  11. Art is realization of how much more there is to say than words allow.

Bob Deane 6/17/09

Musing on Art: Deep Into Why We Create

The desire to be creative can be broken down into three basic categories.  The sublime achievement of creating a reflection of oneself. The joyous process of doing. The acquisition of things independent of creating.

  1. The joy of having created something. Moments of peaceful reflection, enjoying your contribution to the collective enlightenment of the planet. It is about feeling an urgent need to say something. To share some perception even though it may be painful.
  2. The process, this has to do with the pleasure of making things. The opportunity for nervous hands to find relief. It is about sitting in the comfort of a den writing or the restlessness of a potter who always wants to have their hands dirty. It seems the process becomes important for people during their unhappy times.
  3. There are many things that are acquired by creating something.  Money, prestige, power and career. Many of these concerns are not important initially, but moving out of the safe haven of college or family, forces these concerns to become more important. The desire of the artist escape their own mortality is critical.

Bob Deane 9/19/2009

Clay Musing: The Duality of Clay

Clay can be:

  1. Functional or Non-functional.Pumpkin sculpture vase - Bob Deane
  2. Abstract or Representational.
  3. The forms can be geometric and architectural or soft and lifelike.
  4. Tiny and precious or large environmental.
  5. Construction can be done with soft clay or hard clay.
  6. Creative process can be positive or negative (add clay or remove clay).
  7. Lots of tools or just your hands.
  8. Two dimensional or three dimensional.
  9. Pure and perfect white or soft and subtle dark tones.
  10. Shine like a gem or muted earthy colors.
  11. There can be lots of science or NO science.
  12. Community centered or private.Bob Deane teaching ceramics glazing

Written in 2009 – shared here in Feb. 2014