Gifts of The Fire
To get great results the user has to be just as sympathetic to the material effects of a particular digital technique. Tests have to be done and responded to in just the same way I do with glazes in the kiln. The results of digital production often have a lifeless feeling – that is because the machine will do exactly what is asked of it and no more. There are fewer “gifts of the fire” than in pottery.
As technology develops, craftspeople will become better at predicting and nuancing their instructions to machines and digital manufacturing will become more refined. I am looking forward to an amazing era of craft and art using computers in various ways and in combination with the old techniques we know and love.
Grayson Perry, Are computers killing of Craft? Not a chance, The Guardian 12/5/16