Hangin' up my hat

Hanging up my hat for 2020?
I have two handmade Art Fawcett fedoras - one for winter and one for summer. My summer straw hat has not been on my head in 2020. I wear it when I go out. It is my signature. I have previously gone to NCECA and had people drive by and yell out to me because they recognize me from my fedora. I have pretty well been on Bubble Island here in Aylmer. I don't think I've listened to soooooo much bad news in my entire life as I have in the past 4 months. Looking at my hat makes me wonder if it may be put away until summer of 21.
If the Covid pandemic is a war then I also wonder if Canada will benefit as we did when the US was in Vietnam. We got many of our very best potters and potter educators during the 60's and 70's. They came to Canada as conscientious objectors.
In the remainder of 2020, the US will not issue employment visas and that includes educational visitor programs. This is the perfect opportunity for Canada to attract the best and the brightest to our universities and high tech companies. 
"Canada is awesome!" is the slogan Shopify uses in an effort to poach foreign talent blocked by The Smartest Man in Worlds immigrant visa ban.  Shopify Inc. is a Canadian multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.
I heard that realtors in Montana during Covid have not been this busy for 11 years. I'm assuming that was people moving out of the city after the market correction.  Well ,potters if Montana doesn't work out for you and and you are in for another 4 years of The Smartest Man in the World  and the borders open up again "Canada is awesome!"  I'm willing to bet some successful US companies are eyeing up Canada as a possible location. Mexico used to be their choice because of cheap labour. Maybe clean water, open spaces, health and safety will be the deal breaker for the brightest and best. Be well and safe my brothers and sisters of craft. Hugs to y'all!


Gottovi said…
David and I will be looking for a job up there.
Gottovi said…
David and I will be looking for a job up there.
Anonymous said…
Boss: The brightest and the best is what we want in this country so come on up. We need the two of you. Best, T
smartcat said…
If only the winters weren’t so dark, cold, and loooooooong!
Anonymous said…
Is Ontario the best place to make a living selling pots? Been a full time potter for 30 years and now relying on my galleries. Have not looked into the galleries up there. Which ones would you recommend selling too and what area has the largest traffic of buyers of pots?DG
Anonymous said…
Join the Hamilton Potters' Guild, they have great sales twice a year at the Dundas Armoury.

Check out their web-site.

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Anonymous said…
Get out while you still have time.

Why The Fall of the American Empire Will Come by 2030

most Americans do not have a strong confidence in their country’s future, with about 60% thinking it’s headed in the wrong direction.

the election of Donald Trump to Presidency as a defining moment. He does not think Trump himself is the cause of the waning American power, but rather a symptom of it. Nonetheless, McCoy regards Trump as likely to hasten the downward trajectory.

The historian writes that all negative trends that are plaguing America now are likely to get much worse, growing rapidly by 2020, and would “reach a critical mass no later than 2030.”

“The American Century, proclaimed so triumphantly at the start of World War II, may already be tattered and fading by 2025 and, except for the finger pointing, could be over by 2030,”

Anonymous said…
Are We Witnessing the Fall of the American Empire?
Trump's presidency is often compared to the decline of Rome


A big thank you to Trump and all his supporters, see what you've done to America the land you love, best regards from China and Russia.
Anonymous said…
The Decline of the American Empire

It's part comedy and part tragedy, you want to laugh but it's just too sad.
Trump may be a joke, but look at all the damage he has done.

The American empire is in decline—and we’re not ready for what comes next

Thanks to our Republican politicians, whose profession requires bowing to the idolatry of our Trumps' greatness.

We tolerate our crises of poverty and inequality as Trump leads us into the next economic depression since 1929, on the assumption that with the next round of his greatness that Trump and the Republican party will pull a rabbit out of their hat, and suddenly there will be riches enough to drown them.
Anonymous said…
Be glad you got out when you did, made the $$$$ and ran. The orange stain is killing it all. Cut and run, save your ass. If we could follow you we would, and with big $$$$ to be made in Canada on pots, we’ll be right behind you when the door opens up.
Anonymous said…
Ah the British colonies, should one move to Australia, New Zealand or Canada?

God Save the Queen!

And thanks to the TV program, The Great Pottery Throwdown there has been a increased interested and revival of pottery and ceramics in England.
Anonymous said…
Benedict Donald

It's been over 2 months now that we learned that Russia has been paying the Taliban a bounty if they kill American Troops.

Benedict Donald didn't read the memo, Benedict Donald didn't get the memo, no one has told him, so he never bothered to discuss it with his good friend and mentor Putin, and what about the Republican Party, they seem to be deaf and dumb on the matter also.
Anonymous said…
Donald Tax-Duck

Tell me you aren't interested in his tax returns.
He's been so desperate to hide them for 4 years, what do you think they will reveal?

That he's not as rich as he claims to be, that he's not as great a businessman as he claims to be, that he's used every loop hole and crazy scheme to avoid paying his fair share of taxes, that he is a big fat fake, fraud and a liar?

Isn't the proof in how he has run the country into the ground in 4 short years, and especially the last 6 months. How great is that for Donald Tax-Duck.
Anonymous said…
Orange Omen of Doom - because, did he make America great again?

Tricky Trump - would you buy a used car from Trump?

Trumpty Dumpty - cause who is going to put America back together again?

Putin’s Pet - President If-Urine-You’re-In - who doesn't want a president who stars in a Russian porn movie with russian whores pissing all over him, hot no?
Anonymous said…
I don't know nothing about Donald Trump's toilet brush, be he has certainly turned the Whitehouse into a septic tank. Think about all the really big chunks he has surrounded himself with. That place really stinks. And who is this latest press secretary he's hired,
how does anybody get that job? The Oval Office must seem like a three ring circus under the big top filled with clowns and other bozzos.
Anonymous said…
Is Melania Trump a Stepford Wife?
Anonymous said…
Better start digging new tunnels and planning your escape. Run run to freedom, since the Underground railway hasn't had a station or operated since about 1863.
Anonymous said…
Better get out your binoculars, it will be a real rare sighting if you see a snowbird this fall or winter with the border still closed and airlines barely running flights.
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Tony Clennell said…
DG: Ontario is no hot spot for Ceramics. Seagrove NC a small town of a few hundred has more pot shops than probably exist in our entire country. What I'm seeing now is the world as your market. The farm gate may be closed for awhile. I have to get up to speed with the 21st century. All the best, T
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the reply, where in Canada is the hotspot in case a reelection occurs? DG
Anonymous said…
‘The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’ (Pablo Picasso)
Anonymous said…
Have you heard about Haliburton, there are a lot of potters hidden out in them highlands.
Anonymous said…
Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia but ranks 38th in population with about 37.3 million people.

Ontario is the most populous province in Canada with 14.45 million people representing 38.3% of the country’s population. It is home to the country's most populous city, Toronto, and the capital city, Ottawa.

While the Population of California is 39,937,489
and North Carolina is 10,611,862

your potential market is bigger than ours.
Anonymous said…
Kim Kardashian got famous by making a sex tape, if you want to be a social media whore you might have to go all the way.
Anonymous said…
Don't live in your pajamas all day, and never hang up your hat!
Anonymous said…
From an old English parsonage
Down by the sea,
There came in the twilight
A message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me,
Teachings from heaven;
And through the hours
The quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration:
“Do ye nexte thynge.”

Many a questioning,
Many a fear,
Many a doubt
Hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
Let down from heaven,
Time, opportunity,
Guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrow,
Child of the King;
Trust them with Jesus:
“Do ye nexte thynge.”

Do it immediately,
Do it with prayer,
Do it reliantly,
Casting off care.
Do it with reverence,
Tracing His hand,
Who lays it before thee
With earnest command.
Stayed of Omnipotence
Safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave him the issue;
“Doe ye nexte thynge.”’
Anonymous said…
Do the next thing.

Do the next right thing.

Even if you have the pandemic blues, keep on making, and keep on making what is right for you.
Anonymous said…
And do the right thing for others.
Anonymous said…
What's with all the food pics on Instagram?

Are you trying to out compete Vera?

May be you two could do a Zoom cooking show together?
Anonymous said…


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Anonymous said…
Remember the ones that are hardest to love need it the most. VC

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