Readin' someone else's mail

 Here is a picture of me and Clyde Jones my favourite Outsider Artist from Byno, NC. Also a pic of my favourite painting hanging over my bed of two snakes with Buckhorn nut eyes by Clyde. Romantic ain't I?  Sorry Baryshnikov I have a Clyde and you don't.  I got this painting for driving Clyde to the gas station for gas for his lawnmower and thanks to my friend Fred Johnston for asking for me. Fred read Clyde's mail because he can't read. 

Mr. K fired my gas kiln on Sunday full of his Covid crazy abstract impressionist jugs, mugs and one offs. He has a real job and can't come till Saturday for the unload. The kiln is cool and I've looked at the kiln several times and thought oh I should just have a peak. No,  that is like reading someone else's mail, opening someone else's Christmas present and I won't do that. There is information in the kiln that is private to Mr. K. It will excite or disappoint. It's personal. 

When I fire with my crew there would be a mutiny on the Bounty if I unloaded the kiln without them. It's their work and their labour so I get it. I am so religious about this I have never gone into a woman's purse even when told to. I take the purse to them. A person needs to have a private space. 


and Responsibility 

Some Americans seem to believe that "freedom" means having no responsibility to other people and creatures

—even in the face of the fact that thousands of people have responsibly cooperated to build their roads, grow their food, make their medicine, sew their clothes, provide them with water, electricity, and garbage service, give them jobs, create their entertainment, and sustain their internet. Rob Brezney


Anonymous said…
Hold your friends close.

artist collectives tend to be smallish groups of two to eight artists who produce work, either collaboratively or as individuals toward exhibiting together in gallery shows or public spaces. Often an artist collective will maintain a collective space, for exhibiting or as workshop or studio facilities.

If you can't get together find a nice on-line artist collective.
Anonymous said…
Never discount your friends, Brezey got it right. Collaborating and respecting them is important, especially in today’s environment. Wouldn’t it be nice to rewrite the past into something better? We can’t though, honor them they maybe the most important thing you have. Honor life, sad to know people are still illiterate in the states.
Anonymous said…

𝘩𝘦/𝘡𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝕑𝕠π•₯π•₯𝕖𝕣π•ͺ π•’π•Ÿπ•• π•—π•šπ•Ÿπ•– 𝕓𝕦𝕝𝕝𝕀𝕙π•₯π•₯
π•₯𝕙𝕖 𝕨𝕖𝕓𝕀π•₯𝕠𝕣𝕖 π•šπ•€ π• π•‘π•–π•Ÿ.

Take your great pottery and ceramics to the people, get on-line.
Anonymous said…
Fredrik Andersson

He/They πŸ–
Queer Artist in London.
Independent ceramics

There are more opportunities when you diversify.
Anonymous said…
Character can be defined as the sum of qualities that defines a person including a person’s intellect, thoughts, ideas, motives, intentions, temperament, judgment, behavior, imagination, perception, emotions, loves, and hates. The balance of these components within each person’s soul and the way one predominates over others is what makes a person’s character unique and sets individuals apart.

Character is also defined in how your habits, motives, and thoughts relate to morality. It can be further defined as your moral self and referred to as a moral structure—something you build through virtuous behavior.

Character should be the foundation of every one’s life. Above all, the choices you make are evident in the way you conduct yourself. Character encompasses a person’s nature and temperament, and it weaves these into the strong, well-constructed fabric of a fully moralized adult individual.

Two factors, moral discipline and our response to situations, play important roles in everyday conduct.
• Moral discipline—To do the right thing is very difficult when you consider all the circumstances at hand and variables that play into how you respond.

• Your response to situations—This is the single greatest influence on our character that we have ultimate power over. Many factors, some beyond our control, play a role in molding our character, but the test of a person’s character is whether he holds to his moral principles and treats others with kindness and respect always.

ask yourself the following questions:
• How will the outcome or result of this action affect the person I am directing it towards?
• How will the outcome or result of this decision reflect on me and can I be happy that I chose this action. Is it okay to inflict pain?

Ten Important Traits That Will Support Your Quest for Character
1. Be honest. Tell the truth; be sincere; don't mislead or withhold key information in relationships of trust; don't steal or take credit for the work of others.
2. Demonstrate integrity. Stand up for your beliefs about right and wrong; be your best self; resist social pressure to do the wrong thing for the right reason.
3. Keep promises. Keep your word and honor your commitments; pay your debts and obligations. Remember to return favors.

4. Be loyal.

5. Be responsible. Think about your actions before you act; consider the consequences; be accountable for your actions and “take your medicine.”

6. Pursue excellence. Do your best with what you have; don't quit easily.

7. Be kind and caring. Show you care through generosity and compassion; don't be selfish or mean; put other people first.

8. Treat all people with respect. Be courteous and polite; judge all people on their merits; be tolerant, appreciative, and accepting of individual differences; use the word “I” only as a last resort in communication.

9. Be fair. Treat all people fairly; be open-minded about the opinions and positions of others; listen to others and try to understand what they are saying and feeling.

10. Be a good citizen. Obey the law and respect authority; vote, volunteer your efforts, and protect the environment.
Anonymous said…
If you're married your spouse probably knows your email password.

So how do you know if your email has been hacked.

How To Tell If Someone Has Hacked Your E-Mail,didn%E2%80%99t%20write%2C%20that%20could%20also%20be%20a%20sign.

I once found an email sent to Unknown in my delete folder, in the email it contained a copy of email with sensitive financial info. So now I make an effort to purge my inbox of financial info that isn't important. And to avoid getting hacked, I don't open those chain letters with cute little cartoons that everyone passes around, because they are likely infected with a computer virus.

So don't let anyone read your email without your permission.
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Anonymous said…
Karen is not going to like that, when firing she sneaks out in the middle of the night or early morning, before it has cooled down properly to sneak a peak.

Oh Karen.

The Marshmallow Experiment

That People With This One Quality Are More Likely to Succeed

Mr. TC you didn't peak, and now you know why you are a success.
gz said…
Freedom is respect, built on many peoples' hard work.
Anonymous said…
I am wanting to start writing a blog and have followed yours and learned a lot. My question isn't about pottery this time, but about blogging. I notice you often share personal details about the potters and artists you write about. Do you have to have them agree to the personal details before you publish it? I might write about some of the people that have taught me and helped me along my journey, but don't want to make any mistakes upset anyone in writing about them either. Thank you, Mark Euing
Tony Clennell said…
Dear Mark: When you start writing for public consumption you will piss someone off- guaranteed. My best friends know that when they open their mouths around me and it twigs an emotion in me then it will be public unless of course they ask that it be in confidence. You will make mistakes as I have made so many. I have never meant to hurt or piss off it just comes with the territory.
If ya always want to be everything to everyone then ya got nothing to say. Good luck Brother, do it and make all the mistakes ya can. It means you are alive and learning to be better. Best, T
Mark said…
Thank you Mr C for your response. I guess the people I might write about are ones that I am not as good friends with as you. But of course everyone loves you and no one knows me. I don't want to risk upsetting anyone that I am not really close to. And it would be really hard to bear if I hurt or pissed off someone I wrote about. I don't want to be everything to everyone, but I never want to hurt or offend or write something that someone might be offended by. You know everyone well enough that you won't hurt them with your comments. It was stupid for me to ask, I forgot that you know everyone you write about on a very close level. These are people that I know and respect, but am not close enough to to be able to share things about their personal lives based on my observation. I guess I should have thought it through more before asking. Thanks for answering me though. ME
Anonymous said…
After the election they'll be building a memorial to raise awareness of the Republican Party and their policies that prioritized lining the pockets of a tiny minority of billionaires over the lives of millions of Americans. (In a show of contrition, the memorial will be paid for by one of the billionaires.) Try and tear that one down.
Anonymous said…
Looking for a new Covid-19 hobby and having a little fun?

Someone was apparently (heroically?) spending their lockdown providing hilarious, nonsensical answers to customer questions about obscure items on Amazon. I wondered if there were many people doing this, and if they traded the best answers with each other. It sounded like fun.

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