Maggie Furtak on tue 18 aug 09
"Does it hurt us to be selling in farmers
markets and small craft shows?
... yes if you are concerned about
status ... no if it pays the bills."
Huh, I always felt like it improved my status to be selling at farmer's mar=
kets. It's Saturday morning and you want to get some good apples to make a=
pie. You could go to the chain grocery, or to the fresh air farmer's mark=
et. I ALWAYS pick the farmer's market. The produce is fantastic, you ofte=
n have a wider selection of varieties available, you get to meet the folks =
who grew it, and spend some time outdoors catching up with neighbors. Oh, =
wait...they have a potter here too!?! Sweet!
Lee Love on tue 18 aug 09
On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 6:50 AM, Maggie Furtak wrot=
> ... yes if you are concerned about
> status ... no if it pays the bills."
> Huh, I always felt like it improved my status to be selling at farmer's m=
I sell at the various venues. If selling at the market
makes my status different compared to the foofoo artiste, it is an
optimal reason for doing so.
The potter and farmer are both craftsmen. The single most
important aspect of my 8 years in Mashiko, was being able to watch the
seasonal cycles and how the farmer's life fit so nicely into it.
Most potters in Japan traditionally farmed most of the year, and then
potted when farming was slow. This kind of integrated, holistic
life is a fundimental aspect of mingei and is an antidote to what ails
us in modern life.
Lee Love, Minneapolis
"The tea ceremony bowl is the ceramic equivalent of a sonnet: a
small-scale, seemingly constricted form that challenges the artist to
go beyond mere technical virtuosity and find an approach that both
satisfies and transcends the conventions." -- Rob Sliberman
full essay: http://togeika.multiply.com/journal/item/273/