[Clayart] - Being a Potter

David Woof woofpots at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 28 22:51:19 EDT 2014

Hi Mark,
it does take a strong sense of one's abilities, to put it out there for all to view, and it does take healthy ego energy to believe that the work merits the acclaim it is to receive.  There are always those blocked "poets" who would poison the well for others.  Folks who bandy about words w/out ever checking Webster's before they spew labels.  It can be a thin and wavering line between seeming confident and proud of one's work, or an egotistical ass in the opinion of others more insecure and less proficient.   Not more to say about "Jerks."   Seems we all have a definition that many times collides with someone else's reckoning.  The study I mused about would prove inconclusive.  I've gotten to know and appreciate some "jerks at first impression"

My experience with the older timers who have passed, and those still among us, has been that along with a down to earth humility came a take no crap tough mindedness.  But they too had their detractors and support.  The successful at what they set out to do didn't give it a sideways glance.  Waste of valuable creative energy.  

Lets hope to pass that on to the coming generations.  We must stick together.
Quit fighting to maintain a place in the existing systems whose doors are closing, and create a composite and flexible new one of our own that supports and energizes for a changing future.  Start local and let it grow where it will.  Keep making what ever incites passion.  Good work will always sell.   There is historical support for this.

David Woof

Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:00:49 -0700
Subject: Re: [Clayart] - Being a Potter
From: mtigges.clayart at gmail.com
To: woofpots at hotmail.com

I was watching a documentary today about a musician.  This particular person is seemingly quite thoughtful, but largely considered quite egotistical.  A peer of his, an equally successful musician commented on a particularly beautiful song that the first had written; "anyone that can write that has to be a beautiful person."

I have no idea if the same holds true for pottery.  But, the sentiment seemed germane to the conversation at hand.

On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi jonathan,

I have a pair of rose colored glasses that assure me that a "jerk" couldn't make a mug as fine as this one I'm enjoying.

I think the correlation between Jerks and quality of work they produce would be an interesting study provided we could arrive at a definitive consensus as to what qualifies one as a Jerk.


> From: jebyler2 at gmail.com

> Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:31:17 -0500

> To: Clayart at lists.clayartworld.com

> Subject: Re: [Clayart] - Being a Potter


> I'm with you on that one.  I always hope that when I get a nice looking and feeling cup at the cup sale or elsewhere, that the person who made it isn't a jerk.  I like having pots most from friends, I get to think about them when I use their work.



> On Mar 28, 2014, at 10:35 AM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:


> > "Functional Pottery" a snobbishly disdained idea, in some minds, will always provide income if it functions as expected in an appealing form.  And if/when one learns to market.   It's 60/40 between our personality and our work.   It's us they buy, it's our work they get to take home.


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