Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Be a prick!

A friend told me my pockets are too empty to be so generous with my time and giving. I promised I would be a prick starting in 2015. Another friend said why don't you just say you want to be a prick in 2015 because if you say you are going to be a prick in 2015 you will  break your New Year's resolution in the first minute, hour or day of 2015. I know some of you are saying he was a prick the day I met him.
I have tried to live my life as a potter as generously as I could. Once asked by a banker if I had a business plan I answered " I plan to stay in business!" That wasn't the right answer as I didn't get the car loan.
So in 2015 I'm going to take the advice of my old boxing coach Sgt. Stan Baukwill- keep your head down and your eye on the prize. Being short and stocky without much reach my plan was to work the body and when they tired I would land a hard right on the prize. I've been workin' the body and 2015 looks like a prize.  All the best of blood, sweat and tears to all of my friends out there in the mudpits. May the year
2015 be the best of years to y'all!
Tony the Wannabe Prick


















Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Doing a line


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A good friend of mine had a friend over for tea and served her in one of my yunomi’s with an undulated rim. Pardon the elitism of using the word yunomi to describe  a cup the shape of a can of Coke.  Now you get my reference to "doing a line".
Her friend was horrified that this apparent professional made work that looked like a beginners. My friend suggested that I am limiting my market by producing such work that is too hard for most to understand. So today I thought hmmmmmmm  forget my pride but I got to put a new gas tank in the CRV and  the Dentist sure dinged me yesterday. So I made some cups with a "so what" rim and just for the exercise put a straight line in the waist line. Beside it is a cup with a undulated rim and a wavvy waist line. For my money the wavvy line and the undulated rim is far more interesting, but then I'm not everyone. So I have a bet with my friend which cup will sell first. I'm usually not a betting person but I'm going  to bet on that horse called " Choose Interesting".
That horse hasn't paid big money yet but it has kept me at the track for over 35 years.