John Baymore on sat 20 sep 97
I wish my colleges would have taught business courses. It leaves a
great gap in our education if attending college, which by the way is billed
to be a =22well arounded education=22. .......snip.........
This problem is not unique to pottery or the crafts.
My brother in law is a physician. For a number of years he was a
researcher on the staff of various universities and hospitals. Then he
decided to set up his own cardiology practice. He lamented the fact that
in all his years of schooling (couple of Masters + PHd) NOTHING was done to
teach the aspiring doctors how to run a business. He then spent a lot of
time learning how to do that on his own.......... all the =22reinventing the
wheel=22 stuff. Being a very smart man he has figured it out in the past
three years, but he had a real rude awakening.
Sounds just like art school, doesn't it?
River Bend Pottery
22 Riverbend Way
Wilton, NH 03086 USA
Clennell on sun 21 sep 97
> I wish my colleges would have taught business courses. It leaves a
>great gap in our education if attending college, which by the way is billed
>to be a "well arounded education". .......snip.........
>This problem is not unique to pottery or the crafts.
John Baymore and Wendy Rosen:
I am a second generation potter. When I was finishing high school my
family insisted that I take a degree in business administration not art. I
was cheesed off with them since it took me away from pots and I would have
to do them in my spare time. Now 25 or more years later I am making pots
everyday and making a living at it. I'm not cheesed off with them now! My
uncle jim made pots for over 50 years and discovered way back then that
pottery is a business and you had better learn to run one.
there are so many things you have to do well when you choose to be a
potter. People think potters get up in the morning puff on some weed, eat
granola and yogurt, go for a walk in the forest,do some gardening, throw a
bowl and spend the rest of the day drinking herbal teas and watching the
bowl dry. Some days I even forget the forest is out there. Got to find
balance in this life just like you suggested there should be balance in
I wonder if that bowl is dry yet?
Sheila and Tony Clennell
Gleason Brook Pottery
Box l0, RR#2,
Phone # 1 (519) 534-2935
Fax # 1 (519) 534-0602