[Clayart] TV dinners

David Lyons lyonsd at plbb.us
Sun Jul 25 12:43:13 UTC 2021

Great analogy Barry. You get it. 
Dave Lyons. 

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> On Jul 25, 2021, at 6:32 AM, Barry Salaberry <bsalab at gmail.com> wrote:
> A while back, I saw a guy loading his shopping cart with TV dinners, while
> I passed by, heading towards the produce section, having picked up a gallon
> of organic milk on the way.
> For me, it’s important to control, as best as I am able to manage and
> afford, the quality of food I’m privileged to consume.  I still enjoy
> growing, slicing, chopping, mincing…all of that preparation stuff, which
> become part of my day’s pursuit.  It is more than simply having something
> in my gut.
> But for that guy who lives on TV dinners, the choice he makes may be about
> factors I simply don’t have any understanding about.
> With this thing about building a kiln or buying one, about mixing glaze or
> buying one, about making my clay or buying it, it seems to be something
> similar to the TV dinner dilemma.  I don’t understand why people are
> choosing to miss all of the things I love about working with clay.
> In fact, I have to admit, I enjoy the making of tools for what I need to
> keep this current idea going, almost as much as I get into the actual hands
> in the clay part.
> I found that when I worked in the carpentry field, there was a drive to
> complete, to finish up so we could get paid and get out of there.  But,
> working for myself with wood, I’ve learned to enjoy the making, since
> that’s the only part I can have and retain, if only as a memory.  If I rush
> past this part, I miss the part about smelling the rose thing.
> What I’m getting at, is that our various backgrounds likely have something
> to do with our perspective about this clay work.  The young potters have a
> whole different set of references which they pull up when approaching not
> only the clay but the why behind it all.
> As long as I can keep the freedom to have complete control in my work, then
> I feel I shouldn’t even think about judging what any other person, who
> seeks to enjoy that same freedom, does with their time.
> Barry Salaberry
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