[Clayart] About writing clay books

Edouard Bastarache edouardb at colba.net
Thu Feb 16 14:34:25 UTC 2023

Well said

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I guess I could chime in, having just turned in my third book to the publisher. It should be published by Christmas.

It's certainly not about making money. I write because I feel like if I spend my life soaking up knowledge about working with clay, it would be a shame to just lose it when I'm gone without passing it on. I can teach maybe 12 people in person at once, or hundreds if I write a book. I started writing magazine articles 30 years ago and I've written dozens of them. You  get some money, and then you have a cool handout for your students, or to share with people on Facebook. A book is a LOT more work than magazine articles, but it becomes a resource when you're done. I refer to my books all the time.

I taught a few workshops after writing my previous books but not a lot. 
Probably I could have done more to sell myself but I was teaching full time already and trying to produce pottery for sale so I really didn't have time or energy to do more.

> Hi Paul -
> You said, "The real reward is in passing on a helpful body of information and seeing what other people do with that."
> Boy, is that ever a loaded statement, and really at the foundation of teaching.  Anyone setting out to become a teacher in any subject at any level needs to consider whether they believe that statement with their heart and soul, because if they don't, then they need to find a different line of work.  Grooming a student over a period of years and seeing them evolve into a capable, productive ceramic artist is the most satisfying thing I have ever done in my life.
> But in terms of immediate gratification, WORKSHOPS!  I don't do as many as I once did, and I'm not doing any until were all pretty sure that Covid is much less of a threat.  But seeing what can be accomplished in a five-day workshop is among the most exciting things I have ever done.
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka
> Potter, Writer, Teacher
> Chapel Hill, NC
> vpitelka at dtccom.net
> www.vincepitelka.com
> https://chathamartistsguild.org/
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> I was out of town when this thread really started, so I’m not sure if I’m commenting on what it was really originally about or not.  But I did see Vince’s post about his experience of writing a book, and his saying that Mel had said that no one writes a ceramics book, or really any text book, to make money.
> I made a fair amount of money the first year my book came out, but it’s of course declined every year since.  And I got to do a lot of workshops as a result of writing it, but no one does that to make money either.  You don’t if you count the time for either of those things.  I spent pretty much all my spare time for 3 1/2 years to write my book.
> When ACerS first asked me to write a book, my thought was that that would be a great thing to have done, but not a great thing to do.  I was really right about that.
> I would also say that one of the hardest parts of writing a ceramics book is finding a topic or an angle that isn’t been covered extensively already.  Vince did that.  But no one needs another book on surface decoration or throwing.
> The real reward is in passing on a helpful body of information and seeing what other people do with that.
> Paul Lewing
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