Never Again!

Today while kicking around in my shop I came across this plate that had been returned by a gallery. It was one of a series of plates I made, cut, handled, slipped with crack and glazed in understated ash glazes. I thought wow I'm glad to revisit this one plate. Not sure who bought or where the other plates went. I know this for sure. They didn't race out the door. I think some of my best pots take awhile to sell. Some potters would take the return of a piece of work as a vote of non confidence. They wouldn't do that again, no,no! Call it ignorance or call it stubborness but that to me indicates I should repeat it. I live in a suburban area. I doubt there is one house on my street and maybe 3 houses in the entire town that has one of my pots.It was probably a second.
I spent 35 years working for the marketplace. Probably my getting my old age pension however small it is let me off the hook of making stuff I wouldn't want in my own home. Sometimes my halo slips and I make some very colourful work with that "WOW" factor. It looks amazing coming out of the kiln and it is almost always the first to sell. It is not what I could live with in my house. Quiet, strong, gestural and marks of process are the buttons I like to push.


Anonymous said…
If in doubt remember the marketing mantra, "Sex Sells".
Anonymous said…
“Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”

Anonymous said…
Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

#299. Whenever you exploit someone, it never hurts to thank them...That way it's easier to exploit them the next time.

#293. The more time they take deciding, the more money they will spend.

#248. The definition of insanity is trying the same failed scheme & expecting different results.

#77. If you break it, I'll charge you for it!

#57. Good customers are as rare as gold pressed latinum, treasure them.

#41. Profit is its own reward.

#39. Don't tell customers more than they need to know.

#13. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.

#1. Once you have their money... you never give it back.


Anonymous said…
So what do you do when your small town in outport Newfoundland is invaded by a bunch of lesbians? You celebrate! You celebrate “COME HOME YEAR 2022” with “COME HOME QUEER!
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Anonymous said…
roaming cats will be a thing of the past

Australian council bans cats outside if they are not on leads.

Outdoors cats are skilled hunters, and are at risk of catching disease, getting into fights, or being killed by a car.

Hello Kitty.
Anonymous said…
city councillors consider outdoor ban on ‘free-roaming’ cats

The days of the friendly neighourhood feline roaming around freely in residential areas may soon be coming to an end.

"Cats have a devastating impact on wildlife populations," "There was an Environment Canada Study that was done where they looked at song bird mortality across the whole country, and the study concluded that the number one reason for the death of song birds in Canada was free-roaming cats."

About 90 municipalities across the country and a handful in the Greater Toronto Area have enacted similar bylaws, including Newmarket, Markham and Hamilton.

:) Hello Kitty
Anonymous said…
German outdoor cat ban

Cats are prolific predators of birds and small mammals.

Owners risk a fine of €500 if their cat is found roaming outside and could be slapped with a penalty of up to €50,000 if their pet injures or kills a crested lark. (1 Euro = 1 US Dollar)

A study in 2013 estimated that free-ranging domestic cats in the US alone kill around 2.4 billion birds.

The most recent figures from the Mammal Society say that cats in the UK catch up to 100 million animals over spring and summer, including 27 million birds.


Anonymous said…
Justin Trudeau’s New Haircut Sparks Comparisons To Jim Carrey’s ‘Dumb & Dumber’ Look.

Finally, like we didn't already know!
Anonymous said…
Rex Murphy: Justin Trudeau on a hot tin roof

What an unholy mess and farce this all is.

Is this a government or a travelling road show?

The prime minister darts around like a summer fly, off to useless summits one day, on a European photo-op mission the next, drops in to Ukraine to pose with Madame Joly for the obligatory photo with the beleaguered Volodymyr Zelenskyy, flits back home for a while, off to Calgary, back to Nova Scotia (the quotient of apologies must be maintained), then on to Ontario for an EV announcement, and then off to a police-guarded lunch in Montreal.

Like we didn't know all along that he was an empty suit, a puppet!
Anonymous said…
If someone is unpleasant to you, draw a halo around his or her head in your mind. He/she is an angel who came to teach you something. — Yoko Ono
Anonymous said…
Have some fun, play ring toss with your halo.

Let it slip once a week, or at the least once a month.

Bunny Bo.
Anonymous said…
Always protest against the rising tide of conformity.

Anonymous said…
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.

Anonymous said…
Group conformity scares the pants off me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to - or can't - join the Big Parade.

*** Bette ****
Anonymous said…
Trudeau’s new hippy military is imploring serving members to hang loose, literally and figuratively, hoping millennials will be enticed to dig the military’s groovy new vibes. No longer to be reprimanded (or charged) for publicly chewing gum, smoking, eating, holding hands, slouching or walking with hands in pocket, our groovy new Forces in their customizable and self-accessorized military clothing can chill and hang in public. Far out! No longer required to keep their hair short and neat, new military recruits right up to generals will also be free to grow and colour-customize their hair in any unnatural colour. Anyone can sport a face tattoo or a variety of personalized jewellery. Men can even now wear a woman’s uniform skirt!

Mr. Dress Up strikes again!

Hey, but you voted for this twit.

Anonymous said…
Got any special events planned? Don't worry, Justin Trudeau will be there, he can't resist
a camera or a photo op. Dial 1-800-TRU-DEAU and book an appointment today.
Anonymous said…
It's a dare.

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

Anonymous said…
When you gonna let the dogs out?

Anonymous said…
Don't let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It's your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don't let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others' prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.

Roy B.
Anonymous said…
What is the answer?

In that case, what is the question?

Gertrude Stein
Anonymous said…
You've spent 50 some years figuring things out, finding out what works, what doesn't, what's de la merde qui t'emmerde, it faut trouver le moyen de se debarrasser de ces choses. You must find the means to unburden yourself of those things. We spend a lifetime learning to walk through our fears, not allowing them to rule our existence, we must unburden ourselves.


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