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Ceramic Fundamentalist

Ceramic Fundamentalist Handbook
2006
Artist's Book

Ceramic Fundamentalist Handbook is a parody of Val Cushing's Handbook, a popular technical manual written by the venerable Val Cushing, Professor Emeritus of Ceramics at Alfred University. Cushing's book is a library of useful information regarding glazes, clay bodies, kilns, firing and much else. The collection of papers, formulae and diagrams appears as a set of objective information, but I would contend that it is also the expression of a highly personal doctrine. My book describes, in a manner so highly personalized that it is hard to imagine it could ever be of any use to anyone else, the exact technical and conceptual properties at work in my art. As much as Cushing's book is a how-to of his own tecniques so my book is of mine, however without the pretense of objectivity.


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