What is traditional?
Found this in another context, and thought it would be a good stick to stir the pot here. Discuss.
The late Bizen potter Kaneshige Michiaki (1934-1995) said of tradition:
Tradition is sometimes confused with transmission. Copying Momoyama pieces is transmission. Producing contemporary pieces incorporating Momoyama period techniques is tradition. Tradition consists of retaining transmitted forms and techniques in one’s mind when producing a contemporary piece. Tradition is always changing. A mere copy of an old piece has not changed; it is nearly the same as its prototype of four hundred years ago. Tradition consists of creating something new with what one has inherited.