Magazine article Ceramics Art & Perception

Editorial

Magazine article Ceramics Art & Perception

Editorial

Article excerpt

This issue holds remembrances of four individuals whose lives touched many of us in the ceramics field, either directly or indirectly. Emmanuel Cooper of England who passed recently, was a major figure in the shaping of critical writing in the periodical Ceramic Review. Cooper was a founding editor, a writer and a maker. His contributions to the field were extensive and he will be missed. Malcolm Davis was a much loved potter in the US and his life was also well-spent. We were fortunate to have heard him speak about his life and his passions at the 2010 NCECA conference in Philadelphia. Documentation of the lives of those that we lose is important to our field in order to pass on their unique visions. It is important for all four of those featured in this issue. Each issue, it is exciting to see all that is happening in international ceramics. This issue includes technology and video as well as atmospherically fired pots. When I was reviewing changes with our proofreader, Diane Bailiff, for this issue she commented on how the writers were able to show the generosity of the featured artists. Ceramists are a generous lot universally. It is one more way in which we are more alike than we are different. It is the reason that there are so many conferences and symposia focused on ceramics, focused on ceramics criticism, focused on safety issues, focused on techniques and theory. It is the reason that we gather internationally to share. We will be gathering in Adelaide in September for the Australian Ceramics Triennale, we will gather in Seattle in March for NCECA, we will gather in Santa Fe in September for the International Academy of Ceramics. …

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