[Clayart] mel's sale

robert hackert ndiaman at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 4 16:12:39 UTC 2022

No Mel. You made your own, “luck.”
Rob Hackert 
North Port, Fl

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> On Aug 4, 2022, at 8:47 AM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> David, thank  you for the thoughtful post.
> My sale was a "goodwill tour".  It was gifts
> for my long time customers who bought lots of
> pots during covid.
> It was advertised on the mailing card to
> "Buy a gift for yourself, no increase in
> prices."  I was giving back.
> I live very well here at the farm.
> I re/purpose all the clay. It costs me
> nothing but the time to run it through the
> pug mill and add redart. I drive about ten
> miles a week.
> I am a very speedy thrower...even at 88 years old
> I can whip out 50 mugs in a morning. What is 50x20?
> My daughter set up my show, she said I sold about
> 75 mugs.
> I can make cereal, soup bowls by the dozens...And, so
> much of my work is research into fast firing and new
> glazes at cone 7.  The cost of running my gas kiln is
> minimal.
> I am fully aware that most clayarters could never
> live like me, or afford to do it. I just send notes
> about what can be....With "I,me greed running rampant
> in our society, million dollar ideals, it makes me sick
> and I respond in kind.
> Many of us grew up with the crafts, it was about "LIFESTYLE'
> and I still believe in it.  Yes, I am frugal. I have always
> been so. I have never paid interest to have "new stuff".
> One lady this weekend asked me if "I made my own glaze???"
> (new neighbor)...I said, "I make everything. The clay, the
> glaze, the kiln, the gas line to the kiln and the building
> I make the pots in."  I still am using chemicals and oxides
> from Kurt Wild's studio after he passed.
> My mailing list is years old. I sent 550 invites post card
> stamp. Printing was 80 bucks. That was the expense.
> I have done this summer show for 60 years in a row.
> (even in Kyoto the American Embassy had a show/sale for me.)
> I had ten sales in Dubai.  I have lots of coffee cans buried
> in the back yard.
> Like you, I have built my own home here at the farm. The oak trees
> where milled 6 miles away. studs are 4x4 oak. beams 4x12 oak.
> About $5000 cash to finish it. Lots of re/purposed materials...lots.
> Just load it into my old truck. I did my own septic system. 11/
> 18 foot lateral pipes for the drain field. A local farmer gave me
> the huge concrete tank. A buddy with a backhoe helped me. That would
> be 20K at today's prices.
> so,
> I am one lucky boy.
> mel
> website: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.melpots.com%2F&data=05%7C01%7C%7Cd1518e455698435db07d08da761783d0%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637952140616930761%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=A9N%2BBO91Jr9rSqOEngQt77bj6WSl1olZ%2BrmwJc3zpME%3D&reserved=0
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