I am he as you are he as you are me
and we are all together.
Well I'm back from herding the 30 cats from Sheridan College to NCECA in Milwaukee where I impersonated Robin "Grass" Hopper on a panel along with Mark Hewitt of NC and Lisa Hammond of the UK titled" Where have all the potter's gone?" I got elevated to Big Dog status due to Grass not being able to travel.
I was asked after how the panel went? I answered how would I know you tell me! I know when I finished there was that inevitable self questioning of the woulda, shoulda, coulda's. I must say I was disappointed in the questions from the audience. One in particular took the opportunity to tell the entire room about herself.
So in a nutshell the feedback I got was that there wasn't a genuine American on the panel and if there was health care and the disappearing middle class would have been addressed. To be honest it is not that I don't think of health care when traveling to the US. I always get travel insurance because of the horror stories I have heard about getting sick or hurt over the border. Here at home in C eh N eh D eh I'm safe and sound.
My take on the panel was there is a crumbling of the foundation of the craft by the lack of teaching a skill based program. Pots are being made from the shoulders up. But that said the best pots in my 62 year old history are being made today. Why is that? Because if you tell us that we can't do something we find a way to do it. Craft and making a living at craft has always been hard. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. I ended on a note of optimism - Move to Motown! Go where it is cheap and make pots, Make lots of pots.
Tomorrow what I came away with in my head from NCECA.