douglas gray on thu 18 sep 97
> I have followed the 'making a living' debate with interest, esp
> as I derived my entire income from making pots for the first
> 16 years of my life. I would suggest that "those who have a
> burning desire to DO, will. Those who don't will teach, or be
> consultants, or do something else."
In my experience the ONLY
> potters who make a GENUINE living from their craft are production
> ware people - teaching/lecturing etc is making a living from your
> SKILLS which is a different matter.
OK, I can buy that
In order to be a successful
> production ware person you need a lot of space, first class
> equipment and a wide range of other skills such as welding,
> woodwork, engineering etc. To ignore or shy away from the
> acquisition of these extra skills is to not do justice to your
> core craft because you will inevitably end up compromising.
> Hence make your own clay, build your own kiln, build your
> workshop, build your display space etc etc. Commitment to
> your work shines through and the average buyer can see this;
> commitment tends to engender quality, and quality sells.
I feel this list adequately desribes the qualities / characteristics needed to
be a good teacher as well. Interesting. I am glad to see that those who DO and
those who teach have so much in common.
Douglas E. Gray
Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics
Francis Marion Univeristy
Florence, South Carolina 29501