A friend phoned to ask me to participate in a provincial show he is leading. He wants the show to be by invitation and by juried application. I told him he is going to be hated by every one that makes their pots with meat trays and paper dollies. They will want to be in the show. They expect to be in the show. If they have done any volunteer work they might even expect to be the featured artist. They will track him down and brand him with heated cookie cutters, slaughter and quarter him and package him in meat trays that are no longer able to be used for slab forms. His hunters will be wearing a war paint of Floating Blue and Rosie’s Red. The fire will be fueled with paper dollies and used boxes that contained their prepared glazes. A tip of the hat to you, dude. There are plenty of venues for pedestrian works. Hell, every town and church has a craft show that showcases this work. There really ought to be a place in Toronto (Canada’s largest city) for a show of the best of our country. It is about time! It is happening in America! What do you think Dick Aerni is doing in Rochester and Danny F in Washington, DC? How about the St. Croix River Valley Potters? We always seem to follow a few years behind and oh yeah Canadians eat their own so be prepared to have your final resting place be a Styrofoam meat tray.
I send this blog post out as a harbinger of what you are in for. If it goes off like a bomb like my cookie cutter post did you might want to consider dropping it and heading for cover. That post had the most response of any I have ever done by a times of 5. On the other hand you could give a certain friend of ours near the Nations Capital a call to prepare your defense. Change never happens because of those that say or do nothing. Get some sleep! Our friend escaped with her life and now runs two successful Invitational Shows and is co-owner of the best pot shop in our country- bar none! The General – Almonte, Ontario.
Hey man, why Toronto? I love The Hammer and The Hammer loves the arts.