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Production values : re-discovering the hand in making


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Mardon, Sachiko 2007 , 'Production values : re-discovering the hand in making', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The versatility of clay lends itself to many applications and therefore, modes of ceramic
production. With applications ranging from tableware, to sculpture and architecture, its
history is deeply rooted in both tradition and industry. As a material, ceramic presents
itself as the ideal medium with which to open up a discourse between these two areas,
with particular focus on the qualities and corresponding values of the hand-made and
machine-made object.
The industrial revolution marked the separation of the hand from the making process. The
changes in the method, scope, and scale of production are reflected in the objects and
structures in our manufactured environment. In comparison, the hand-produced object is
different from the industrial product, differently conceived, differently made, differently
used. The values associated with the hand-made and hand skills have also changed in line
with advances in technology. While industry may de-value the hand in making, there are
qualities that resonate with us us they are inherently human. The questions underlying this
research respond to the perceived loss of these qualities through a diminished relationship
to materials and the making process.
As consumers, we are also removed from the process due to systems of manufacture that
are invisible to us, and through the removal of any visible character of the material or sign
of the hand. The process is visible in the hand-made, however, in the traces left by the
hand. This provides a connection to the object through an understanding of how it is made.
The research involves a theoretical and practical investigation of ideas relating to the
production of both hand and machine made objects. These ideas will be presented within a
conceptual framework, with consideration towards functional applications. The practical
component of the research explores the potential translation of hand-made qualities to the
manufactured object. The outcomes suggest that we can reconnect the hand and mind with
object making, by bringing attention to the 'material' qualities inherent in objects, and the
sign of the hand, or machine, as an indication of process.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Mardon, Sachiko
Keywords: Pottery craft, Pottery industry, Art objects
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. CD-ROM contains Appendix: documentation of MFA exhibition. Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 2007. Includes bibliographical references. Introduction -- Ch. 1. Industrial evolution -- Ch. 2. Manufactured perfection -- Ch. 3. Manufactured imperfection -- Concluding remarks

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