Randall, Ted
June 1985
Studio Potter;Jun85, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p28
Trade Publication
The article discusses the antithesis of beauty and utility in relation to pottery. The author wonders whether it is a good model or an outmoded one, and if the antithesis has dissolved in new thinking. The work of Jean Piaget on knowledge structures in the mind is explained. The author says that a working sense of function is part of the system of knowledge structures. The concept of sentience, from the work of Suzanne Langer, is discussed, which deals with the capacity to feel that an arrangement of things is right. The author concludes that the old dichotomy of beauty and utility is no longer relevant.


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