Transcending Borders

Well the journey to MFAhood is over. The exhibition "Transcending Borders" has been mounted and the thesis defended. It is official, I am now one of a loooooong list of USU alumni that waited for the last firing to pull off their show. I thought when I started this journey almost 3 years ago that I would tuck some work away from each firing and I would have a show with no pressure coming down the home stretch. Well, the home stretch was were I had to find another gear to shift into and somehow it all came together. John sent me this little story the day after the show. It is appropriate to how this all this came together. John's father sent the story to him.

Bullshit and Brilliance

A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles, along for the company.

One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long, Cuddles discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

The old poodle thinks, 'Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!' Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap the old poodle exclaims loudly, 'Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?'

Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. 'Whew!' says the leopard, 'That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!'

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, 'Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!

Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, 'What am I going to do now?', but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says.

'Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!

Moral of this story....

Don't mess with old farts .. age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience.


renee ferguson said…
Tony, came across your blog via the Sour Cherry. Love the twist you add to blogging and your work is inspiring. Brilliant you are, and am not calling you an old canine.
Am a fellow potter who's had to put 'clay' on hold for six years while moving-settling in-marrying-making a living-and getting over culture shock here in Oz. Yes, it hurts.
But picked up my new'ish second hand gas kiln yesterday and am soon to be dirty again.
Keep me inspired!
Greetings from down unda,
Renee Ferguson,

Bunny said…
Congratulations on your MFA Tony! Those pots are HUGE, not just in size, but their whole statement. Can't wait to see them in real life.

Great story by the way (but you always tell great stories).

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