I should know better

I haven't written for sometime and I haven't made pots since early in April. My oldest high school buddy phoned me and said when you aren't making pots there's something wrong. I started back at the wheel today and it felt good. I haven't had much to say that would compare with what the smartest man in the world is saying. How can I say anything as sensational.
I was motivated to go back to the studio by some friends that bought pots on line and encouraged me to make more. Then Chris Snedden Past President of Fusion Clay and Glass Association asked me to do a 2 hour webinar  Makers Meet on June 14th. I'm inspired to put on a good show so back to the studio and back to the creative process where I have lived all of my life. You can sign up for the 2 hour workshop by going to my profile page on Instagram https://www.clayandglass.on.ca/page-1864018?fbclid=IwAR1zNrwcDeLoyzCI5iEa1EzgTXM4eDx8GruvrlX40fqSWFjyI5jgqtMc5i0
Donate what you can and join me in the mud pits.
I should know better than to mix politics and business but I have had more than enough from The Smartest Man in the World. He is destroying my favourite country other than Canada. I love America, the beauty of it, the people of it,  and the different cultures within it .  The Dorito has done all he can to bring hatred, violence and anger to my second home. This famous paragraph comes to mind.
They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
My wonderful American friends - do something for Gawds sake to stop this monster. I want to come back in 2021 but as long as he is in power I will avoid America like the plague.  I think this may well be the feeling of the rest of the world. 
I apologize for mixing politics with business but when we white privileged speak up and stand in front  and side by side with
My bridge bowl


large pedestal bowl with ribbon handles

Handles for flowers

Pulled and slab handle

Clam chowder

winged handled bowl

plate with handles
our brothers and sisters of colour the narrative will change. 
Back to business. Here are some of the handles I will be presenting at the Makers Meet on June 14th. Peace and love y'all( said in my best pretend southern accent).

Comments

Anonymous said…
I think we need more than stand side by side. Racism is rampant in the US and getting worse. Will it take another civil war? WTF is it with people that they don’t care enough to sit down and talk? But when you have racism from the top down and an orange mess that can’t commune... why would you expect any kind of civility in giving respect to sit down and talk face to face. WTF has happened in this world that people can’t respect each other and care about each other? Good God, love the ones you have (remember Stephen Stills) and don’t Shit on those around you. Feel lucky when you have someone that loves and cares about you- cherish that cuz it ain’t going to get better.. This world needs love, not war and people hurting each other, we all need to realize that we have people that love us and do wtf it takes if we have differences. Care about each other, love each snd quit being selfish. We are all that we have Ffs. The USA is going down thanks to Trump. Our world will never be the same.
Anonymous said…
Can anyone join in on June 14th or do you have to be a member of Fusion?
Anonymous said…
#PickYourselfUp is a social project gifting free ceramics, improving mental wellbeing and cleaning our community's streets and parks.

https://www.littletorch.co.uk/pick-yourself-up

Anonymous said…
there are at least 917 organized hate groups in the United States.
the number of likes and comments on hate group accounts grew by 900 percent in the last two years.

“We live in a war culture that promotes violence, in which competition is a way of life,”
Anonymous said…
Makers Meet is a new opportunity for you to learn from and interact with well-known or up-and-coming ceramic and glass artists from Ontario! No matter where you are in the world, these live, two-hour web broadcast sessions will have you feeling like you're sitting in the same room as one another, all united by your immense love and dedication to the craft. Each Webcast Workshop will be led by a talented artist, with whom you can chat and ask questions with live.

https://www.clayandglass.on.ca/

https://www.clayandglass.on.ca/page-1864018

Anonymous said…
Blackout Tuesday

People around the world are taking part in Blackout Tuesday, a social media movement supporting the black community and the fight for racial justice.

posting solemn messages featuring stark black backgrounds, sometimes tagging the posts with #BlackLivesMatter.
Anonymous said…
An Inherited Culture of Hate

the battleground is in schools, in homes, on TV and on social media. It is there that we need to fight extremist ideologies and racial and religious hate
Anonymous said…
"Let's put it this way, I'm not concerned, OK?"

Donald TRump
Anonymous said…
I'm not a schmuck. Even if the world goes to hell in a handbasket, I won't lose a penny.
Donald Trump
Anonymous said…
America may have the Dorito.

AKA

1. Cinnamon Hitler
2. Mango Mussolini
3. Prima Donald
4. The Angry Cheeto
5. Hair Furher
6. Adolf Twitler
7. Angry Creamsicle
8. Boss Tweet
9. Cheeto Benito
10. Cheeto F├╝hrer
11. Chicken Donald (Hiding out in your cosy bunker under the Whitehouse while America
burns)

But Canada has
1. The Empty Suit
2. Boy Blunder
3. Little Potato
4. Mini-PET
Anonymous said…
If we can't join in the Webinar on June 14th, will it be posted on the Fusion web-site
so we can watch it at a later date?
Tony Clennell said…
You don't need to be a member of Fusion to join in on June 14th. Hope to have ya in the group. I'm not sure whether it will be available at a later date. Maybe someone from Fusion could answer that. Hey I love the list of names for Dorito. Not sure your names apply to Trudeau. At least our man shows warmth, compassion and can manage a smile once in awhile.
Linda Starr said…
the majority in america disagree, all that has or is happening is not President trump's fault. There's nothing wrong with wanting peace and law and order, which is what most folks want; they want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Are there bad people, yes, bad police, yes, but rioting and looting is counter productive. Many minorities own the businesses which are being destroyed. Where is the outrage every night when blacks are killing blacks in high numbers in many cities, doesn't fit the narrative. Quite a few black protesters have been killed by protesters, also a number of police have been killed by protesters. Now we have antifa a terrorist group which wants no government at all more organized than ever causing chaos; they have joined with the peaceful protesters, come out at night and foment destruction, and encourage others to riot and loot, they are using tactics straight out of alinsky's book; some in america are only happy when chaos is rampant so they can blame President Trump for it all. They not only allow rioting (governors and mayors and movie stars etc) but practically encourage it with their lack of action. Then those arrested are let out of jail so they can do it all over again. Craziness
JLK Jewelry said…
Trump is systematically tearing this country apart. We are seeing hatred so openly expressed and violence. I am absolutely saddened by everything that has happened, such a terrible time.
Anonymous said…
Don't forget
Trudeau AKA

5. Mr. DressUp
Anonymous said…
‘Bunker Boy Trump' hiding at White House

“Bunker Don” and “Bunker Trump.”

Trump is hiding from the country while it's on fire,
nothing new, it's business as usual at the white house
for Trump and his cronies, probably counting his pennies from
all his back door business dealings.
Anonymous said…
The rise to fascism is real.
Anonymous said…
Hempmill Pottery and Cookery School is a family business run by Richard and Lucy Heeley

https://hempmillpotterycookeryschool.co.uk/courses/

It currently comprises the Hempmill Pottery, the Stables Gallery and the Hempmill Cookery School.

https://hempmillpotterycookeryschool.co.uk/

https://www.instagram.com/hempmillpotterycookeryschool/

https://www.facebook.com/HempmillPotteryandCookerySchool/
Anonymous said…
People who won't rejoin society until there is a vaccine are kind of like anti-vaxers in reverse.

Douglas Coupland

You can have old people or you can have an economy, but you can't have both.

https://www.instagram.com/douglascoupland/
Anonymous said…
“Donald Trump does not represent Republican ideals. He is our Mussolini.”

Republican Congressman, Utah Representative Chris Stewart
Anonymous said…
“This is how fascism comes to America,” he said. “Not with jackboots and salutes … but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac ‘tapping into’ popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party – out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear – falling into line behind him.”

Robert Kagan
Anonymous said…
“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time,” Trump ranted in a phone call with governors on Monday. “They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate.” He said that “throwing a rock” is “like shooting a gun.” “You have to do retribution, in my opinion,” he said. “You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years, and you’ll never see this stuff again.”

Donald Trump
Anonymous said…
Time Travel

the Bold street time slips in Liverpool

people involved do not go back really far, but seem to visit a particular decade or decades.

So far, most of the sightings have centered around the 1950s and '60s.
Anonymous said…
The Oval Office of the President of the United States in the White House is also the office of the Trump Family Business, with lackeys like Ivanka and Jared Kushner, and Trump's two son acting as substitutes handling the rest of the business.
Anonymous said…
A Maker's Guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Craft Scotland

https://www.craftscotland.org/journal/article/maker-guide-to-coronavirus

Anonymous said…
Trump isn’t leading the party to fascism — he’s the product of a sustained GOP effort to subvert voting rights and democratic norms. By the time this New York City sideshow authoritarian ran for president, the Republican rank-and-file was well groomed to receive him and the fascism he represented.

The Washington Post’s fact-checkers have documented 7,645 false or misleading statements (a.k.a. lies) made by President Trump since taking office. For Trump and many of his enablers, lying comes as naturally as breathing. This creates a problem for journalists. Call out liars for lying, which is the job of journalism, and it looks like bias to the untrained eye. The problem is that one group is doing almost all of the lying. So, if you report on lies, you’re essentially reporting on Republican lies, or just “attacking” Republicans.
Anonymous said…
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/06/03/jim-mattis-blasts-trump-message-that-defends-protesters-says-president-tries-divide-us/
Anonymous said…
We saw on Pinecroft you will be having your work there. Will you make more chip and dip sets? Blue would be great. We can’t Wait to come back to Pinecroft. Do you make canister sets too?
Anonymous said…
Donald Trump - liar, crooked businessman and whore monger.

An endangered creature whom feasts on steaks, racism, and the middle class.
Anonymous said…
Trump Derangement Syndrome
1. A diagnosable medical condition in which the afflicted blindly follows "The Chosen One" Donald Trump. The afflicted is incapable of free thought, unable to criticize the actions of "The Chosen One" (or the capacity to perceive any criticism of Trump), and incapable of accurately perceiving the world.

2. Love of President Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.

3. The preferred nomenclature for Trump defenders who succumb to blind hatred of those who preach tolerance and free speech.

4. Viewed more broadly, the promoting adulation of Donald Trump, not much different than one encouraged by Stalin or Hitler to extend their power.

5. a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

SC
Linda Starr said…
say all the folks till looters and rioters come to their doorstep, then what do they say or do? What about the 77 year old retired black Chief Dorn of St Louis shot down while he protected a business in his own neighborhood which he had done his whole life, shot down in cold blood and live streamed while it happened. One of too many instances of a breakdown of society, law and order, and social norms, defend that.
Anonymous said…
Pride Month 2020 An Annual LGBT Pride Celebration Every year, during the month of June

Due to the worldwide pandemic, Pride month needs to be celebrated a little differently this year.

In 2020, Pride month celebrations are all being moved online.

These online events have been named Pride Inside, and will be a virtual celebration of the LGBT communities.

The celebrations will include various artists, musicians, comedians, DJs and activists all coming together for a series of performances, talks and workshops honouring the LGBT community.
Anonymous said…
Trump supporters and his lackeys have infiltrated the peaceful protests and marches, creating havoc with violence, arson and looting, to further his agenda of a power grab with police and military support, to get rid of American democracy and give Trump the opportunity to be like the dictators he admires, he'll become the American Putin.

DH
Anonymous said…
Dirty Donald or Tricky Trump

Watch how quickly Trump and his family run away from the USA with suitcases filled with money
to an enemy country, he'll sell out America just to make himself more rich.

NN
Anonymous said…
Well it is too late for gun control, because all the crazies and criminals have bought their automatic rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and hand guns already. Welcome to the wild west where violence meets greed.

BB
Anonymous said…
Anyone taking bets how long it will take Melania Trump to file for divorce after Trump leaves the White House, besides living and sleeping in a separate apartment, you know she's being paid just to stay married to him.
Anonymous said…
nearly half of Conservative supporters in Canada trust Trump over Trudeau (48 per cent to 32 per cent), that explains how Doug Ford was chosen to lead the Conservative party in Ontario.
Anonymous said…
Please don't put me in a nursing home when I get old, I beg you.
Anonymous said…
Long-term care facilities and nursing homes are the worst examples of medical corporate greed.

Senior Lives Matter!

Aged Lives Matter!

Elderly Lives Matter!
Anonymous said…
Why did we listen to China, when we should have been listening to Taiwan?

Taiwan has apparently thrashed COVID-19 so thoroughly without help from any other country that only seven had died and there are only eight active cases of the disease there as of June 3.

Restore diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and stop giving a fuck what China demands!

And why is all the medical supplies the world so desperately needs only being manufactured in China these days?

CC
Anonymous said…
Sick and tired of self-isolating and social distancing from your family and friends, then
express your frustration by signing petitions on https://www.change.org/
and get those politians and so called world leaders to get into action and actually do something.

ROC
Anonymous said…


#seniorlivesmatter hashtag on Instagram • seniorlivesmatter
Instagram photos 'seniorlivesmatter' hashtag

#elderlylivesmatter instagram

Show your support for those who need our help in the twilight years of their lives,
don't let them be forgotten.

Tom
Anonymous said…
Yes, Hong Kong has a type of democracy. But it doesn't have universal suffrage, a basic tenet of a democracy. Hong Kong has its own mini parliament in the form of LEGCO, short for the Legislative Council. Representatives in LEGCO are either elected by direct election or by electoral college

China hates democracy, support Democracy in Hong Kong.

Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.

hk.democracy Instagram
Anonymous said…
June is Gay Pride!

show your support

#gay4clay #gayforclay

#queerceramics #queerpotter on Instagram

Help support gay ceramists and potters in these challenging times.
Anonymous said…
From former drug trafficker to Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford is pretty good at turning over a new leaf?
But has the former bully of City Hall really changed?
Anonymous said…
That is alleged drug dealer, he was never charged, unlike his brothers, Randy was charged with drug related offences, and Rob was smoking crack with a gang, remember the famous video.

KA
Anonymous said…
Are you surprised by the latest nursing home scandals?
Well most of them are run like flop houses, just giving residents the bare minimum of care till they die, surprised by all the Covid-19 deaths, well every cold and flu season, they lose the same number of old people due to flu and pneumonia. It's only due to recent press coverage that the nursing homes' dirty secrets are finally coming to light.

Thanks to the military being whistle blowers, it's finally being taken seriously,
Obviously none of the staff had the guts to be whistle blowers.
Anonymous said…
China punishes Australia...
Australian has been among countries pushing for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and responses to it. Beijing has denied its measures against Australian beef and barley were related to those calls.

The World Health Organization has bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the virus, which was first found in China late last year. The evaluation would stop short of looking into contentious issues such as the origins of the virus.

Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye’s has told Australian media that the country might face a Chinese boycott of its tourism and exports of wine, beef and other goods if the government pressed for a coronavirus inquiry.

Beijing has regularly used access to its huge market to punish governments from Norway to Canada in political disputes. Chinese officials routinely refuse to confirm a trade disruption is related to a political clash but make it clear Beijing wants concessions.

Aren't they still holding two Canadian men captive in retaliation for Canada holding Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in custody for extradition hearing, to face trial in the USA?
Anonymous said…
Know Your Rights: How To Film Police Safely And Legally In Canada

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/filming-police-legal-canada_ca_5eda7316c5b60ed29d782aa6

If a cop tells you to give them your phone during a protest, they're usually in the wrong.
police officers have a history of intimidating members of the public collecting video evidence and demanding they stop.
Pen Canada states that officers who prevent people from recording them are violating charter rights. Unless you’re being arrested and they have a search warrant, police officers can’t take or go through your phone against your will. Police can’t force you to tell them your locked phone’s password either.
Anonymous said…
Why some advocates want to defund police.

Now, some advocates are calling for police forces to be defunded and taxpayer money to be redirected. Defunding the police means redirecting the budget for police forces to other services that focus on social supports, mental health and even spaces like transit.
Shifting the money to fund organizations that understand the nuances of mental health issues and the challenges faced by racialized communities would be a better use of taxpayers' money.
Anonymous said…
Skinheads and neo-Nazis training in Russia, they receive paramilitary training at a military facility on the outskirts of St. Petersburg Russia. Now you know the extent of Russian interference in America, the fascists are taking hold in America.
Anonymous said…
Is the Cold War really over? Russia may meddle and interfere in America, and expand its territory and political influence, but the real threat comes from China that is using its economic power world wide to pursue its political agenda. China hates democracy, so just watch out as China takes over the world.
Anonymous said…
Check your white privilege.
Anonymous said…
China is attempting to "slow down or sabotage" the development of a Covid-19 vaccine in the West.
"China does not want us, and England and Europe to do it first. They've decided to be an adversary to America and democracies around the world."
He said if "England or the US does it first, we're going to share. Communist China, they are not going to share."

He said China had "decided it wanted to dominate the rest of the world".

Anonymous said…
Defund the the police!

Defund and disband the SIU, it's an ineffective, corrupt organization!

The SIU is the first of its kind in Canada and, Ontario remains one of the few places worldwide that has an independent civilian agency with the power to both investigate and charge police officers. It's a joke! It's an insult to the victims of police brutality!
Anonymous said…
Free Chandra Rice!
Free Chandra Rice!

Women's Centre of Hamilton.
Anonymous said…
Defunding police is Cancel Culture.

Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.

A public backlash, often fueled by politically progressive social media, ensues. Then come the calls to cancel the person — that is, to effectively end their career or revoke their cultural cachet, whether through boycotts of their work or disciplinary action from an employer.

"For the people who are doing the cancelling, in the short run it makes them feel good. It gives them an illusion of power, of control, of virtue," "Afterward, the people with insight realize, 'I haven't actually done anything good. I'm avoiding my own issues.'"

Getting rid of police is short term thinking, it doesn't change anything, doesn't solve anything.

Who are you going to call when you have a problem and need help and protection?
What a mess you'll create.
It will really be a return to the wild west.

Anonymous said…
Trump calls tear gas reports 'fake news,' but protesters' eyes burned just the same, The White House denies it was used to clear protesters before his photo op.

law enforcement said it had deployed "pepper balls" and "smoke canisters."

"Riot control agents are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin,"

teargaslighting
The act of tear gassing peaceful protestors with OC gas and then trying to gaslight your way out of it by saying that it was just a gas that causes tears, not tear gas.
Trump's teargaslighting the nation better backfire on him.

How long are the American people going to lap up Trump's bullshit?
Anonymous said…
Call to Defund the Prison and Jail systems in the U.S.A.

End the systemic racism faced by black Americans in the justice system.

The racial and ethnic makeup of U.S. prisons continues to look substantially different from the demographics of the country as a whole. In 2017, blacks represented 12% of the U.S. adult population but 33% of the sentenced prison population. Whites accounted for 64% of adults but 30% of prisoners. And while Hispanics represented 16% of the adult population, they accounted for 23% of inmates.

Black Lives Matter.
Free all Black Men from prison and jails now!

ARC
Anonymous said…
She is in Lockdowned Italy.
And you know how well things went there?
Anonymous said…
But people are not passive recipients of how their lives unfold. The feelings they have about what happened distinctly influences their recovery.

Although psychological trauma has been the subject of great fascination and inquiry for many decades, we still know relatively little about the experiences of those who fare well in the aftermath of traumatic events–and why it is whereas one person struggles to cope, the other goes on to flourish and experience positive change.
Anonymous said…
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. MA

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