[Clayart] Handmade

Terry Lazaroff terrylazaroff at gmail.com
Sat Aug 6 02:42:51 UTC 2022

We have to stop looking at our belly buttons.  

When I was a chef,  my team entered a culinary competition. We followed the many restrictive rules.  The judges awarded the first, second and third to the chefs of the major hotels from the area. They broke all the rules, and won.  They gave us an honourable mention. 

 We lodged a complaint stating the winners broke many rules, and thus should have been eliminated from the competition.  The answers from the jurists was simply, :”the work was beautiful, and that the public would not understand them not winning, due to some regulation infraction.  

If one is a China Painter then enter a China panting competition.  If one creates mould work then enter a mould makers competition.  If a potter makes true functional works then enter functional ceramic competitions. If the call to artists is open to all forms of art then everyone competes.  Call to artists invitations should spell out the regulations, and stick to them. 

  Picasso is my inspiration, Pollack was my compass, Mackenzie gave me a true bearings, Archambeau was my teacher, and Henry Moore my idol.   

 And, Liz;  my arrow as not loosed on you.  I met no malice. 

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> On Aug 5, 2022, at 6:14 PM, Lis <lis.allison at primus.ca> wrote:
> The reason I brought it up, not knowing that it had been answered about 2793 times already according to Mel, is that I find myself in a situation where such a potter was juried in, and is now charging very high prices for what I consider inferior work. Some customers think it must be better than mine, after all, it's more expensive. Sort of a double whammy for me!
> Anyway, I guess there is no answer and I'm sorry to waste everyone's time.
> Lis
>> On 2022-08-05 3:23 p.m., kathi at lesueurclaywork.com wrote:
>> This is especially a problem at juried art fairs. Even if there is a potter on the jury they often have no idea of what is available to potters today. I was once on a jury where the other jurors were impressed with the artist’s decorating on pieces. I pointed out that the meticulous brush work they were seeing was actually commercially made decals that the potter just fired on the pots. What looks like unique glazing is just following instructions from the glaze manufacturer on which jarred glazes to combine for special looks. I once asked on another pottery forum why anyone would pay $290 for a five gallon bucket of shiny blue “dipping glaze” when that same bucket could be made with less than $20 in materials. Many, many potters today evidently have so much spare money that they have no interest in learning how to make glazes and will gladly pay $16 for an 8 ounce jar of glaze.
>> Kathi LeSueur
>> Sent from my iPad
>>>> On Aug 5, 2022, at 11:52 AM, Lis <lis.allison at primus.ca> wrote:
>>> Well, I certainly agree with what you wrote, David. What gets me these days is all the potters switching to underglaze transfers and calling their work hand made. I had someone come to my booth at a sale and ask me to make her a large number of a certain item, and to decorate them using the underglaze transfer she had purchased. Needless to say, I refused. My work is made by hand (your definition) and hand painted. If I wanted to machine-make pottery, I might as well go work in an office instead. At least then I'd make real money.
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