Cookie Cutter Potters
Johnnie Bauman thought that Carter and I might like a keynote address by Bela Fleck. To be honest I had never heard of the dude. I suffered through his keynote since I trust John knows his stuff. I must say Fleck is no dynamo orator but he did have great parts to his message. Be good at being yourself! You have to play a long time to play like yourself- Miles Davis. He also made mention of cookie cutter musicians which had me thinking all day about how this relates to my pottery scene. A certain rock star potter on tour of the province did a squiggle of slip on the side of his jugs that I refer to as sperm decoration. Soon almost everyone in the province was doing sperm decoration. There was sperm everywhere. I believe he has moved on but his sperm remains. Many decades ago a Brit deva introduced my province to rolling a coil on a car floor mat. This effectively killed the pulled handle for decades to follow. Then you get a guy like Phil Rogers doing a workshop and yes the pots are simple and yet hard to do. Simple is hard!!! The wave he creates is smaller and yet one that I would rather ride than the big surf that so many like to pile on. Is it my imagination or is there so much sameness in clay at our local level? More than ever there is more room at the top than at the bottom. Thank you Johnnie for thinking that I belong in the thinking mans club along side Carter. Carter is waaaaaaaaaaay smarter than me. I was just blessed with a strong back and a weak mind so I keep getting knocked down and up I get. I have no rationale of why. Carter would!
Maybe my street cred is that I keep hacking away at ideas. I probably don't know anymore than the next person, but I sure ask a lot of questions. If that makes me look smart then I'm positive I've got everyone fooled.
You may have been blessed with a strong back, and this lets you keep slogging away at discovering new ways of making and seeing and talking about beauty. Your strength is that you do this after being knocked down repeatedly. If all my blathering has a strength its that my thoughts keep running into the same or similar walls and I'm just ornery enough to get back up and try bouncing off them again.
From where I'm sitting that doesn't always seem to be the brightest way of proceeding.... When the persistence pays off, maybe then it will seem smart to me. Until then I just do a lot of head scratching and tending to my bruises. But thanks for the praise! :)
@ Lee Love....doncha just love spellcheck?