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17 March 2005

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Hey,

Bring it on sister, let it flow.

You're having fun, huh?

Senior Biggles

Sam Breach sent me over here and I just had to comment on what a really good writer you are. I also share your respect for the word "craft" and the distaste that the very rich kids' art school you used to go to has taken the word out of its name. It will probably be renamed the Osher/Koret/Rich Family Foundation University any day now.

One grammar mistake that you and seemingly half the country makes did stand out. You wrote "butcher it's name" when it should be "butcher its name." When you are contracting "it is" the word is spelled "it's." When you are using the word as a possessive, there's no apostrophe.

Again, it's a nicely written piece.

Happy Birthday Shuna - so sorry to be eating eairline food instead of your birthday pot luck :(

I really appreciated your writing on craft, both the concept and the value of the word. As an art school educated potter who went on to graduate school for painting, the value and perceived value of craft have long been big issues for me.
The craft esthetic that came from the Arts and Crafts Movement formed the basis of my ceramics training in the 70’s, and I have been struggling to honor those principles ever since. The romantic celebration of the anonymous craftsperson who labors with grace and humility is hard to reconcile with the celebrity worship and cult of the new that fuel our contemporary culture. In graduate school in the 90’s, my theory heavy training seemed bent on devaluing not only craft, but anything that went on outside the head. We were taught that the epitome of artistic achievement came with the “dematerialization of the art object”. In other words, only the ideas matter. That means, of course, that the value of an art object comes not from the artist or his/her work, but from the critic, historian, or curator who provides the context and the meaning. The artist is just a dumb laborer; the art work is just the by-product that serves as raw material for the real work of the art theorist. Craft and good craftsmanship have no intrinsic value; their results can only be elevated to the higher status of art by the efforts of the theorist. The class struggle rears its ugly head, and once again labor is devalued.
These days I stay away from the fine arts world and toil in the decorative arts. I find the values I hold dear to be more respected by those who appreciate beauty: cooks, gardeners, anyone who works with their hands in a creative way.
It seems to me that this lack of appreciation for craft, beauty, and honest labor lie at the heart of what ails our society. I am hopeful that the interest in honest food and the domestic arts I see blossoming in the generation that follows mine is a sign of change, a paradigm shift, if you will, that will help us to reclaim our humanity along with the appreciation of craft.

Hey! This is Summer, the one you quoted in your March 16th Blog - or should I say MISQUOTED! I can't imagine I would have said that that is not an exciting present as I am myself a dictionary lover and seeker of fine definitions. But its ok, I probably did say that, or maybe it was Max, it sounds like something he would say. I'm not doubting your memory Shuna, I'm doubting mine. I'm glad you got your dictionary. And I do enjoy your blog. ok bye

Did that last posting sound mean? I didn't mean to be mean. love you shuna!

Shuna!
I asked for a dictionary for my birthday too.
Only no one got me one. I will, much like yourself, have to buy myself one.

You are truly brilliant.
I love your posts.
I love how you are sharing yourself now in such an expansive way as this. You have so much to offer in way of advice and simple thought.
You are so talented that it humbles me to eat your food every single time I do.
Much like reading every word you write. Humbling.
I, also, love the layout of your blog. It is so very you and reminds me of your room.
And it certainly is in someways your room isn't it.

I get the sense that your writing on craft springs directly out of the source of your creativity. You carefully mine the words directly from the hot and dark core of inspiriation. Thank you for sharing your experience of craft and the creative process - it is helpful to everyone who has ever made the trek to find their own muse.

Donnalyn,

thank you for visiting and making such a thoughtful comment. I am glad that we met over gingerbread. It's proof that food brings us together and inspires so many of us to inspire others.

When I wrote this it all poured out of me and I could not stop until I was done. It's been fantastically scary to share my words with all who care to glance or read.

Hope to see you again here soon!

Old post but I loved the title. It struck me after I read it how I really need to find something that occupies my hands and my head. I think too much and it exhausts me. Working with your hands purposefully slows you down. I think it is why I've stayed in the tech thing for too long. Initially it helped to integrate the two but now I need something else to fill me up.

Thanks for the thoughtful posts. Hope you are well.

Kris

i am sooo interested in your beautiful story,, please tell me more about yousrself.?? i have msn, write me an email and we can chat sometime or add me.
kirstie x x

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