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artimater- making a living

updated mon 12 mar 01


primalmommy@IVILLAGE.COM on sat 10 mar 01

Artimater, we've been around this thing before; fifty thou is a lot more than some folks need, including my family of five. Don't assume we all have the same measuring stick when it comes to what's "worth it". Compared to the way most folks on the planet live, I can't ignore the fact that my culture's definition of "basic needs" is a pretty big slice of the pie. Sadly, with the hypnotic hammering of marketing, most people define "enough" as a bit more than what they have now, no matter how much they have.

As for copying yourself, I can't think of many jobs, from flipping burgers to selling stocks, that aren't the same old thing over and over. I repeated myself as a teacher, same lesson, different semester; variations on a theme. Teapots today, casseroles tomorrow. I don't think you can get away with dissing production potters, friend. You risk sounding like the art-snobs and elitists you rail against.

Just my two cents.

Yours, Kelly in Ohio (where the sun is shining, and sparrows looking around for nesting material... I spent the afternoon with my PhD (post hole digger) extending my garden fence.)

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WHC228@AOL.COM on sun 11 mar 01

Who do you do your work for? If you are making art, what does that have to do
with what a production potter does? Is making pots, the same as making art?
How is it different when making a pot with a mold than by hand if they all
come out the same anyway? Is it more challenging to make pots on a wheel than
with a mold?
It is all difficult. That is why we call it work.
We all have our own way to challenge ourselves in our profession. Once we
make enough money to feed ourselves etc then the issues I guess have to do
with how we want to do our work. I personally found that after a few years of
throwing pots for a living, that I was bored and wanted more of a challenge
in my life. By using production methods in my studio I have the kind of
challenges that keep my life interesting. I do not make ART for a living, I
make pots. To me that is what a production potter does. I love what I do and
am excited about going to work every day. It isn't about money its about
having a life. You have solved it your way, and I have solved it mine. The
wonderful thing about working with clay is that there are so many options.
That is my two cents.
Bill, in Pa where the snow continues to fall. we will get to 200" yet.