Before we go further, here is more of an interview that I gave to a student researching ME and how I do things, questions are "will you be doing this in ten years and what advice do you have for a young potter?"
I cannot imagine doing anything else the rest of my life. In ten years I am hopeful I will be making pots, sculpting, drawing, and hopefully, as always, finding people who appreciate what I am up to. Using the wheel and making many bowls and cups can be physically demanding, which is why I like to vary my activities with other types of art work, knowing that as a very elderly person later in life I would still want to be making things, but not relying on only wheel work.
Advice? Anyone working in clay or art needs to go at it full speed. It may seem hard to make a living in the arts, but it is not, just requires focus and hard work!
Best wishes, gr
You will remember my best pals Katie and Maggie, uber friendly, uber creative and brilliant. They were like
"we need something for our fish tank, what can you do????" and I was just starting my SHARK PHASE last week and the timing was PERFECT so I was like
"I could throw parts for a castle, put it together, add a shark! AND a nekkid MERMAID!" and Katie and Maggie were like
"um, could you put shells on the tatas???" and I went ahead and made this bodacious mermaid, carefully placed hair and shells, and it looked lumpy and terrible. It is amazing--I am a whiz at sharks, but I have no idea how to do people.
Anyway, it occured to me that the brilliant move was to forget the bodacious mermaid and add a CUTE STARFISH, kinda hiding in there.
The convo finished like this
"I made this huge castle for you! I have no idea how big your tank is" and I say its like, ten inches tall and ten inches wide and Katie is like
"um, well, that is pretty big......" after shrinking and firing it turns out to be 8.5 x 8.5, so it will fit very well and lastly I was like
"you can pay me in beers, OK? Let's leave the tax man out of this transaction....."
Below you see some tiles the wife was glazing, just outta the kiln today! Also, I was imagining a wall sculpture of a book and the book is coming alive and the monster is jumping off the page to eat the book worm.....plus, the before firing of this load seen above....