Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What keeps love alive?

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I usually get great response to my blog posts when people think I am quitting pottery, reconsidering marriage, or best of all pointing a finger at the cookie cutter potters.  They think I’m pointing at them. So I thought maybe if I tackled the age old question of “What keeps love alive?” I might see a large increase in readership.
Many of my friends out there are thinking what the hell does he know about love? Truth is- not much! I’m still learning. What I have studied is pots and that is the comparison I’m going to draw. How do you keep your work alive and your love of making it? It has to be the attention to details, the unexpected, the trying something new or something old but with a new twist. Doing that little bit more even when you don’t have to.
Doing the same thing in the same way at the same time has got to be the kiss of death in love or  in pots. Perhaps that is why I have always maintained a wood kiln as my mistress. She is very demanding of me but she is always full of surprises and I like to surprise her. I always bring something special to our very hot and sweaty love affair.  If I don’t give her enough foreplay she just won’t allow us to reach temperature or something like that.
I’ve been working hard of late and so I thought I would make a nice chicken stir fry, relax and read a book tonight. This afternoon I had started a special hand building surprise for my darlin'  
and after dishes I found myself back in the studio where a couple of hours went happily by. Now for this little love letter and off to bed. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

3 comments:

Vicki Hamilton said...

Curiosity, t. Sometimes I can feel "same ol, same ol." Without curiosity, I can't seem to "get it up" and make something with a new slant, or twist. When I wake up into curiosity, I have energy and things can get exciting. Thanks for your blog. Makes me think.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dr T, MLSD, MFA. RCA, ETC, ETC, ETC,
I hafta disagree with you about "MINDLESS" production work! Doing repetition throwing is practice and thinking time for the next batch of "ARTWORK". ALSO, in firing with wood, there is a long learning curve with a lot of failures or seconds. Other forms of firing are generally more reliable to make a living from. Although I am no longer making, my preference was always gas-reduction fired Porcelain. The potential glaze, texture and color opportunities are unlimited and the sales potential far more extensive.GRASS

GRASS said...

Repetition throwing builds discipline. Discipline builds skills. Skills give FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION!

GRASS