Do you see knitting and ceramics as two totally different universes? Obviously they are! But how come, so many knitters also like ceramics and vice versa? I happen to be one of them.
Personally, I’m not surprised at all, at the end I think it all comes down to the same thing. Knitting and ceramics have more in common than they differ :
1) It’s all about manual work – either very refined or very chunky;
2) It’s all about technique – no matter how basic it may seem at first, it will probably take years of experience before having learned all there is to know and most likely this will only happen to some lucky few. But that’s part of the passion too, isn’t it ?
3) It’s all about the right material for the right object;
4) It’s all about physically feeling and touching;
5) It’s all about the perfect color and complexion;
6) It’s all about patterns and structures;
7) It’s all about being patient, trial and error, accepting to start all over;
8) It’s all about concentration;
9) It’s all about getting inspired in so many ways; and last but not least
10) It’s also all about sharing with others.
I’ll soon start in my third year of ceramic classes. Lots of the other ceramists I met, also are passionate knitters. It just can’t be a coincidence.
These are some of my favorite contemporary ceramic objects presented at the School Open Door Exposition by the students of last year.