By Norman Sison, VERA Files
Art cannot be rushed. It has its own pace. Rush it and its excellence is lost along the way — or so goes the conventional concept in the never-ending art-versus-commercialism debate.
That is why some people tend to think that paintings being sold by painters trying to make a living by being artists aren’t really art. Cheap art, if at all. In the financial pressure to make money, as the conventional thinking goes, artistic excellence becomes secondary.
But ceramic potter Lanelle Abueva-Fernando doesn’t see it that way. Commercialism doesn’t bother her because that’s the path she chose when she took up pottery in the 1970s during a three-year stay in Japan.
“What I like about pottery is that I can create functional pieces,” she says. “I make more functional pieces than artistic pieces.”
Fernando is an artist, first and foremost. She took up fine arts at the University of the Philippines, where her father Jose Abueva was its 16th president. She is the niece ofRead More »from A potter who serves art on plates