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Today's post on ASK Harriete presents a concept from Glenn Adamson's keynote address at Craft Forward.
Instead of duplicating the content, can I ask you to read ASK Harriete and either leave a comment or participate in the discussion here on Crafthaus.
A concept that Glenn Adamson used in his lecture is something forefront in my mind when I am working in the studio.
I just never had a way to verbalize this before.
The concept contrasts RISK and CERTAINTY. It is about weighing the value of "absolute risk" at one end of the scale and "absolute certainty" on the other.
Do you cut paper with a scissors, paper cutter, or just rip it?
Read ASK Harriete if you don't know why I ask.
Most likely your work is somewhere between "absolute risk" and "absolute certainty". It is really more like a sliding scale with "absolute risk" at one end, and "absolute certainty" at the other. Something like this.
risk ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) certainty
I try to remind myself that the "pain" is a growth experience.
Does this happen to you?
The next part of the problem is how does one survive as an artist/maker?
Does the marketplace from craft show to the museum support risk?
Does the marketplace from craft show to the museum support certainty?
Is it politically correct to even say out loud that the marketplace demands certainty, but rewards risk? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
What do you think?
I'm guessing Adamson mentioned David Pye - who I think first expressed this idea of craft as what he termed the workmanship of risk. You might find his book interesting for more thoughts of the distinction of craft and manfactured goods (which he termed the workmanship of certainty) related to risk and certainty.
I think the marketplace is a big place. The mass market demands and rewards certainty.
A variety of smaller markets -art and high end design-I think demand and reward risk, but those markets are smaller as the cost of risk is higher.
Yes, I looked though my notes. Glenn Adamson did mention David Pye. (I was trying to keep my post short and skipped a whole sections of Glenn Adamson's lecture.)