Over the last few weeks I had occasion to introduce myself in several instances. When folks asked what I did, I said I'm a ceramic artist. More than once folks said, "Oh do you pour slip", "How many molds do you have", "Do you paint the pots", "Do you have your own kiln".
I explained I have my own kiln but don't use slip or molds and don't paint my work but glaze the pieces. I said I design my own work and hand build the pieces. I passed out my card and mentioned my blog. Several people inquired about taking a class so I'll be organizing handbuilding classes in late October.
But this got me to thinking about terminology. Does ceramics mean slipware poured into molds and pottery mean thrown pottery to most people? What is slab built work called? Florida seems to have so many people who pour slip in molds to make pots. Perhaps this is due to the large amount of tourists in Florida. I've never come across so many people who pour slip, make molds, or who've previously had a mold making company.
So I ask you, what do you think is the correct terminology to use when describing hand built work. If I say I'm a ceramic artist will folks think I pour slip into molds? If I say I'm a potter, will folks assume I throw pots? What do you think? Pottery or ceramics or ... ? Your thoughts please.