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was handles, now jurying

updated mon 20 nov 00


Liz Willoughby on sat 18 nov 00

Hello Gayle,
I have strong opinions about entering work in a juried show that is
influenced by what one might think that juror likes or dislikes.
Ditto, for following what is currently stylish or popular at the
moment. One has to follow your own vision.

Jurors do not necessarily judge work that is similar to their own.
Ideally they know what good form is, and every thing else that goes
with that form.

I've won a lot of awards. From jurors whose work is entirely
different from my own. If a work sings, or is of value, it will show
in the work.

I've also been a juror. And boy is it difficult. You have to lay
your preferences aside. But jurors will tell you that the work that
sings is undeniable. You know almost instantly which ones will get
in, which ones will get awards, and which ones don't make it all.
It's the ones that almost make it that are the hardest to jury.

If you pay attention to form and follow through with glaze and
decoration, and follow your own vision, it will have a presence.
There is too much copying going on out in the clay world. Plagiurism
erodes your creativity.

Judging work is not a purely subjective issue. It is about looking
at the work submitted and choosing from form, decoration, glaze,
firing techniques, ability to pull off an idea, creative use of
materials, cohesiveness of it all to make an honest work that makes
that little spot inside say "yes"!

Meticulously loose Liz

>Ahhh, well put!
>I knew someone would say what I was thinking!
>If one is determined to enter juried shows
>then I see benefit in compiling a list of people who
>jury plus their likes and dislikes. This would save
>potters money. At the least look at their web site and
>see if you can glean an idea for their preferences.
>Why enter a show when you know there is a judge that
>will not like or appreciate your work.
>Judging work is another purely subjective issue.
>Gayle Bair- Happy Birthday Martin!
>>out what they like, look at the magazines, `now i know what to make`.
>bull. let your work take its course, one step at a time.>
>It takes a long time for many of us to come to that point where we can
>follow our own inclinations, rather than submit to the dictates of those in
>It is part of growing up.
>When you get to the point of not caring a fig about
>passing an examination,
>being chosen as suitable for the "selected members list",
>getting a title,
>letters after your name,
>and can give up letters and qualifications that took many years of hard work
>to achieve;
>Then I feel freedom is near. And it may well show in your work and in you.
>Posterity will judge.
>Or perhaps even that recognition is meaningless in the larger canvas of our
>many lives.
>Martin Howard,

Liz Willoughby
RR 1
2903 Shelter Valley Rd.
Grafton, On.