Ai Weiwei sunflower seeds and amazing pottery skills

Some videos today, first potters in Pakistan. The skill, dexterity and effortless speed of production is impressive. At 7.40 he throws a pot in 5 seconds, that is mind boggling.

and another from India, I don’t know that much about throwing pots but I imagine throwing very tall thin forms like this is not so easy and they are incredibly consistent.

Now Ai Weiwei and his sunflower seeds. I watched this film last week and then went to see the seeds on display at Tate modern. It’s a real shame you can’t walk on them as the artist intended but I was most impressed by the film and the meaning behind the making. Having done a bit of web searching about his other work and political meaning I think Ai Weiwei is rapidly becoming one of my favourite artists. The film starts slow and is 15 minutes long but it really is worth it and for folk who are more into craft than art, don’t worry there is plenty of craft.

This is what it should have been like, and was on opening day/

2 Responses to Ai Weiwei sunflower seeds and amazing pottery skills

  1. Groves November 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    Totally love all the videos.Keep them coming.Is there a way for you to embed them in the blog post such that they are completely visible instead of the right 1/4th of the video being cut off?I can usually just go to youtube and find the video, but it's nice to not have to leave your post page just to view the video.

  2. Robin Wood November 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    That is interesting I had never noticed but you are right. Don't know how to fix it but I'll ask around. In the meantime if you double click over the video it opens a new page with the vid in youtube.