[Clayart] paul's legacy and a few good words on 'Fame'....

Hank Murrow hmurrow at efn.org
Sat Aug 31 19:49:08 EDT 2019

On Aug 31, 2019, at 3:35 PM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> well paul, i think you are a fine artist/potter/3d guy.
> i think the world should know your work.
> it is never about ego...ego is bullshit..usually
> someone who fakes their life.
> confident artists and craftspeople should sign their work.
> we owe a tiny bit to the future.
> i hate the one name crap going on.
> soccer player named only `erica` or `pueblo`.
> now it infects hollywood.
> if you are so good you don't have to sign your pots...like mackenzie
> ...well, that is up to him.  but as hamada told me in his own voice.
> `think of all the crap pots i have made that will be attributed to others..`
> but his agent sure identified his work.  you don't spent ten grand and buy
> a fake.  you did not stop at hamada's house and buy a few things.
> it was all shipped to an agent that moved the work.  hamada was a millionaire.
> he never sold pots at an `art fair`.  and, he had a ph.d. in chemistry.
> wonder why he made good glazes?

And Hank in Eugene replies concerning fame:


By Naomi Shihab Nye <https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/naomi-shihab-nye>
The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,   
which knew it would inherit the earth   
before anybody said so.   

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds   
watching him from the birdhouse.   

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.   

The idea you carry close to your bosom   
is famous to your bosom.   

The boot is famous to the earth,   
more famous than the dress shoe,   
which is famous only to floors.

The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it   
and not at all famous to the one who is pictured.   

I want to be famous to shuffling men   
who smile while crossing streets,   
sticky children in grocery lines,   
famous as the one who smiled back.

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,   
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,   
but because it never forgot what it could do.

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