Making pots for a living is a bit like putting your head in the mouth of crocodile. You gotta be stupid enough to do it and trust it will all work out just fine. All the potters I know don’t have any inclination that it won’t work out. That is what I call entrepreneurship. True entrepreneurs don’t believe in failure. Many fail, then fail again and keep their heads in the mouth and pull it out once in awhile to smile. I spent a couple of days with Jeff Brown and Michele Hastings in Seagrove. They are trying to get a foot hold in Seagrove and working really hard. Many lesser mortals would give up but they have a dream and they are living it. They were so good to me and I call this living your life generously as all potters should do. Thanks Jeff and Michele there is always room here in The Cactus Lounge. Jeff does then best BBQ I’ve ever had. I make the best chicken wings.
I also visited a factory that used to produce Fruit of the Loom tshirts and underwear. All the hundreds of jobs were lost to Mexico and a big empty factory was left behind. I apologize for not taking notes but it is now inhabited by a young Japanese clay chef with a dream of making Wild Clays from North Carolina. He is even fliter pressing the clay which makes for the best clay imaginable. In the works is a clay called “Chatham” which will fire cherry red. I can’t wait to try that clay with a shino glaze. Holy shit batman, would that not be purdy?
This is another example of sticking your head in the head of an alligator and trusting all will work out just fine. Good things for good people!