[Clayart] mel's sale
woofpots at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 6 03:23:21 UTC 2022
Robert said: "No Mel. You made your own, “luck.”
I agree, and in keeping with the arc of these recent posts, one could say Mel or any of us who live well and with-in our means with successful purpose, make our own "Luck."
It is "Handmade" because those who reap this "good fortune" don't sit on one hand with the other hand held out waiting for "The God of Good Luck" to sprinkle us with the winning pouf of fairy dust.
We get going, make due effort and get it done. Mel with a backhoe, David H. with a shovel and wheel barrow....etc.
I see Mel, David H. and many others, as standing shoulder to shoulder in this group of thoughtful self-aware beings who purpose and repurpose what we need for the tasks at hand.
I'm sure each describe this in their own way to themselves.
I have always sought to "recycle," now "repurpose" seems a more meaningful idea to express in one word.
But when much younger in years while working a project, I would set aside a really good material to be saved for a nebulous later need.
Subsequent accumulating of life experience taught me that there is always a bountiful supply of what we need for the "now" if we stand consciously aware and alert in the stream and pick and choose the things coming toward us and flowing by.
This is vividly expressed in the ancient concept of the Cornucopia.
So I began to use these acquired materials "now" rather than hoard for a nebulous later project and my life has been plentifully "charmed" with all that I need and some of what I want.
And so, I have never had to scramble for top dollar but have always offered to give something back by keeping my prices and work accessible.
No cutting corners, and each piece getting due attention to detail even when in repetitive limited production throwing.
A Studio Potter with nothing to be ashamed of, nor feel compelled to excuse or defend, lives well and prospers supported by an active moral compass regarding ethical concerns for the other person.
From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of robert hackert <ndiaman at hotmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:12 AM
To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Subject: Re: [Clayart] mel's sale
No Mel. You made your own, “luck.”
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
> 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.
> I am one lucky boy.
> 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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