At our firing this weekend at a nice dinner at Dr. Yi's there were two pottery items that were discussed. A very nice wine ewer by long time friend Jim Etzkorn. of Medicine Hat, Alberta. I knew it was Jim's by the spout and the knob that looks like a finial on a lamp shade. A very nice pot, indee
I wanted to come home and make Jim's ewer but make it mine. I have always taught imitate and then innovate. Mine would have to have a handle. Mine would have to have less fuss since putting things together accurately is not in my DNA.
I am the chair of a mentor ship group. I want this group to pay their bills. I want them to be able to afford good food. I want them be able to afford a holiday and to stay in love with the process of making pots. I want them to love their lives. God, I think they chose the wrong mentor. I wouldn't even put that generic cup to my lips.