[Clayart] Cindy's question: Potter/ one who makes pots

Cyndy Littleton shorthill at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 15:17:11 EDT 2016

So most of us seem to be concurring......Thanks Ray!

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 11:03 AM, Ray Bogle <rbogle at comcast.net> wrote:

> Hey Cyndy here's what the dictionary says.  I think you fit :)
> www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/*potter*
> Merriam‑Webster
> Simple /Definition/ of /potter/. : a person who makes pots, bowls, plates,
> etc., out of clay : a person who makes /pottery/ by hand.
> On 10/11/16 8:59 PM, Cyndy Littleton wrote:
>> Great questions......only been producing pots for 4 years, I have no idea
>> how many pots (many the same, just as many different), constantly
>> experimenting, always looking at glaze chemistry, tweaking recipes,
>> tweaking firing schedules, prefer throwing pots to nice restaurants, or
>> most activities , new wood fire kiln is under construction, and always
>> looking to improve on the next pot. I do not call myself a potter yet, but
>> hope to earn that title one day.
>> On Oct 11, 2016 7:36 PM, "Douglas Fur" <23drb50 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Cindy
>>> I imagine you will get a range of answers. Here are some test questions,
>>> as
>>> in a knight going on a quest. With a couple of anecdotes. See if any fit
>>> for you. As with many things, take what you can use and leave the rest.
>>> Is pottery your life?
>>> Do you make a living at it?
>>> Does it make you alive?
>>> Can you live without it?
>>> Have you done it for 7 years?
>>> Have you made 2000 pots, all the same?
>>> What if you don't make pots for years at a stretch but pottery thoughts
>>> are
>>> constantly in your mind?
>>> A teacher who made some of the best pots I've seen when asked if he was a
>>> potter said "No".
>>> I'm enjoying my amateur status, never having made a living at it. But
>>> when
>>> I see a streak of what might be clay on a hillside the images of what I
>>> could make with it are persistent. The same with equipment or materials.
>>> The "What could I make with that?" is always near.
>>> If asked if I am a potter I'm not sure how I would answer.
>>> Maybe yes, or no, or who cares, or who's asking, or who knows.
>>> DRB
>>> Seola Creek
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