[Clayart] funny old post

djbrewer88 at comcast.net djbrewer88 at comcast.net
Tue Jul 26 23:11:06 EDT 2016

I  just read this.  It really touched my heart.  The loyalty of a son to his father.  The admiration of a factory working father for his degreed artist son.  Crossing the cultural divide happens within families,  as well as with those who are oceans apart. 
What touched me the most,  Mel,  is that you followed his words.
" had to, he told me to.  he was my dad, you know." 

Good,  solid, Nordic reasoning.  

> On Jul 23, 2016, at 8:54 AM, mel jacobson <melpots2 at visi.com> wrote:
> i have been going through computer stuff and cleaning
> out old docs, folders etc.  (hot and humid, rain starting...so, head to the basement room.
> this is many years old. but, true today.
> when teaching, you are with an audience that just `what the hell
> is goin on?, he did what?, when?, hell, i don't care.`
> i would tell a class that i had a show in one of the most
> important ceramics galleries in the world...matsuya, tokyo.
> all stared like deer in headlights.
> then i told them:
> i do many of the pots that go on the general mills cereal boxes.
> straight forward commercial art work, no credit, no nothing, just
> money.  took the box from the drawer, a nice one....some corn
> flake thing.  no, no, total cereal box, with my pots all over it.
> (did a hamburger helper that sold millions and millions of boxes.
> they gave me a case of that crap...threw it all away.)
> they screamed,`holy shit, i have to call my mom and tell her, really
> really, a cereal box.  holy cat fish, my teacher did the pots on the
> total box...do you sign them?  hey, mel, can i use your office phone?
> want to call my dad, he is in court trying a case, but hell, gotta tell him.`
> see, it is all perception.  what is important to them at the time.
> kids do it, parents do it, friends do it.  one really has to get over
> it.   i make art and pots for people who care.  i think folks understand.
> my dad would always say `hell, submit that.`  course no one knew
> where to submit it.  it was such a funny line.  he worked at the ford
> plant.  missed two days work in 42 years.  old marine.  but, he
> liked his 4th son.   he said `i was goofey, messed with clay...but
> hell, do what you want. and hell, he has some degrees or other`.
> if you hang around waiting for family and friends to admire your
> work...well, you have a long wait.
> as my dad said, `hell, do what you want, get on with it, but
> get to work`.
> not a bad nordic idea.
> i have lived it my entire life.  had to, he told me to.  he was my dad
> you know.
> mel

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