The good bargain: An exhibition of ceramics for sale

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Seth Matthew Echlin (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Heather Mae Erickson

Abstract: My thesis exhibition addresses the discourse around value, object histories, and perceived worth by subverting the expectations of the gallery setting. Putting my handmade ceramic pots and sculptures on display with other found “jumble sale” objects emphasizes the contrast between those categories while labeling and pricing them draws attention to the layers of emotional, social, and artistic importance attached to them. Garage sales and roadside stands thrive on the thrill of the hunt, on finding something special, rare, and underappreciated on the outliers of consumer culture. But it is also about the relationships that are built between people and between objects as they interact. Questions of worth have been at the uncomfortable edges of the studio pottery movement since Bernard Leach’s humble pot, but I am still unsure of how to appreciate and value my own work. The underlying motivation for this project is to explore my own search for identity as a potter in the internet-trend-connected world and how other people’s perceptions are reflected through their interactions with me and with the work.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2022
Ceramics, Clay, Community Engagement, performance, pottery, value
Performance art
Art objects

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