Happy Birthday Warren Mackenzie. He is 91 today. Mackenzie elevated studio pottery in North America, igniting the relevance of working with clay through mingei (“folk craft”, coined by Soetsu Yanagi) – everyday pots for everyday people.
The best pottery is balanced between the utilitarian and the pleasures of the physicality (especially touch).
At the site of mass production or at the serialization of equivalent units of an object, the form is a dead form. Using pottery is about living with objects that also are alive or have a certain energy. It is not only about an object that is a unique object – in the sense of having its own form, own surface or skin, own physicality – it is about an object that embodies an aesthetic singularity. There is only ever one like it, just like you.