Dear John- I sent your saddle home!
John Craigborn of Tennessee wrote on my blog: "I want to continue to sell my work and I have only been at this for 10 years and I realize you are retired and so it doesn't matter at this point to you to have to earn a living-you worked hard to get to the point to retire, but I still have 25 years before I can retire, and I want to always make work, but I don't want to have to work till I die." Dear John: You're not going to like my answer. If I were an employer and a candidate for employment asked what his/her pension plan would look like in 25 years I wouldn't hire them. Pottery is not an easy way to a comfy retirement. I am not retired! I am lucky enough to live in Canada where I get an Old Age Pension and a Canada Pension Plan. This is not enough to keep me in the life style I am accustomed to. I will work till the day I die probably face first in a spinning ball of clay or propped up by my firing crew while rigamortus sets in before the last stoke of the firing. If a pension 25 years away is on your mind do something else! Work at the Ford Plant and make pots for the joy of it. I never once thought about retirement. I thought about making it through another month. I always thought retirement assumed you'd rather be doing something else. I love what I do. I love the people I hang with. I love the idea of making something that brings love to someone's life. John I am the wrong person to ask about the next 25 years. There are plenty of young hot shots making pots and doing amazing jobs of social media and marketing. I doubt any one of them has retirement plans. They are hanging on making art and living a life style that suits them. I wish I were young again and all full of piss and vinegar. Would I have done anything else- No! If you have any doubts at all about being a long term studio potter- do something else, make pots for fun and happy retirement. Written with all respect to you and your career. Best,T Getting ready for a wood firing.