"Ceramic art, referring specifically to American ceramic art, has finally come out of the closet, kicking and disentangling itself from domestic servitude and minor-arts status—perhaps for good. Over the past year, New York has seen, in major venues, a spate of clay-based art. There was the much-lauded Ken Price retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as his exhibitions at Franklin Parrasch Gallery and the Drawing Center. Once known as a ceramist, Price is now considered a sculptor, one who has contributed significantly to the perception of ceramics as fine art.
THis is the lead paragraph in an article, which I swear is dusted off about annually and published by some art magazine or another.
I am interested in your reading this article and commenting.
What do you think of ceramics reaching into the Art Scene? Should crafts be kept separate? When does clay become art?
I call myself a clay artist. If you work in clay, do you have trouble figuring out what to call yourself? If you make sculptural pieces, are you still a potter?