Well fellow mudslingers I know you have been waiting for my reflections on NCECA. I also know ya can't fly on a plane to Whereever America, afford to stay in a luxury hotel, drink $8 whiskies and eat at overpriced restaurants. I get it! Most of the educators present are being paid to be there, as well as having expenses covered and the pots they sell are money to top up the wine cellar. I did pay tribute to y'all in my talk and will write about you in my next book entitled "The Unknown Potters". But then you won't be unknown will ya?
If ya want a precis of my talk at NCECA I included two essays in my book "Stuck in the Mud". I kept changing my mind as to what to address. I started with plastics and technology in one essay and moved over to a weak foundation in ceramic education and instant gratification in another. Dunno!
After the talk I heard that I should have addressed Health Care as that is keeping potters poor or searching out jobs bennies. I also heard it was the shrinking middle class that was created by union jobs. To address this I might have been shot by a t party member and there could have been a brawl out there with Republicans and Democrates. I may be handsome but I'm not stupid.
One thing about my return from Whereever America is I am always a bit blue about my work. I come home thinking I should make better work. I get in a slump for awhile but that is not a bad thing. I think it good to be placed on the pedestal that Robin "Grass" Hopper occupies and then come home to the reality of paying for the butter, the phone, the insurance and life in general. I repeat this time and time again in Stuck in the Mud- if it were easy, everyone would be doing it!!!
Here is a blue drawing for y'all. t
PS: Hey I'm still pimping my new book "Stuck in the Mud". Gotta pay for those $8 whiskies somehow! firstname.lastname@example.org