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Re: Response to Henry (DBAE)

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Michele Gorse (mgorse)
Tue, 27 May 1997 09:42:54 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Henry and others,

I am new to DBAE and am currently exploring possibilities for my own
future earnings. While I have a BS from the U of AZ, I have been mainly
occupied w/ raising 4 kids. Although my husband is a poorly paid college
professor, I have been able to take some advantage of 'almost-free'
classes. My real love was art so I have been collecting post baccularate
hours in studio art.

I thought I might add my 2-cents worth on the subject of folk art vs fine
(academic?) art. One area of studio art I concentrated on was ceramics. I
was guided by a Korean professor who brought so much more to class than
merely a syllabus. He was opened our eyes to eastern aesthetics in a way
that I could never have gotten from a book. Our class was mutilcultural
and that also contributed to more ways of learning to 'see'. And that was
what it boiled down to. Learning to look at an object w/o preconceived
ideas, how an alien might see it. How to see beauty.

Even among academics there is a distinction made between fine art and
craft and ceramics is often the step sister. Many professors don't even
consider ceramics to be worthy of catagorization as a discipline. Potters
especially are the lowest in the scheme of things. My own personal taste
runs towards folk art and the wares made by anonymous artists. I love the
unpretentionness of the work. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to
study under this professor, who by the way was named Henry.

I learned how much I didn't know and how lacking my own culture
was/is regarding the aesthetics not only of art, but of living. One
example sticks out clearly in my mind. We had a Japanese student who
started after me. Because it take time to develope skill in using the
potters wheel he was somewhat less competent in his throwing ability. Yet,
the forms that attempted to make-were much more developed than my own. It
was clear that he had a richer cultural history on which to draw
inspiration from.

There is a book called 'The Unknown Crafstman' by Soetsu
Yanagi subtitled 'A Japanese Insight into Beauty'. It is a wonderful read
for anyone interested in folk art and specifically an eastern flavor of
folk art. Beauty is a kind of mystery that cannot be adequately grasped by
the intellect,'knowing' without seeing will not lead to understanding
the mystery.

I am not sure how all this fits into DBAE....I see that there is a DBAE
curriculum guide for HS students on folk vs fine art, I have not had time
to peruse it.

my 2-cents,
michele gorse
columbia station, oh