Liz Willoughby on fri 4 jan 02
These posts about writing publications are thought provoking.
1. fame and fortune. ha. ha.
2. to give/share information.
3. to help those in need.
4. for posterity
5. because one likes to write
6. because writing a book is the best way to get that information out there.
As it has been said before, there is nothing like a book, opening it,
learning from it. Most of the answers for the questions asked on
clayart could easily be gotten from a book (although some of the
answers unfortunately might not be correct). On clayart, we usually
have the advantage of several answers (different viewpoints) given
for one question.
Why are we all here checking our messages everyday?
For interaction with other makers, for a sense of community because
mostly we work alone, for information that is given quickly and
generously, for humor, and lets not forget all that philosophical and
poetical musings that we all need. We need to have reassurance that
what we do is worthwhile and important, and we have a perfect
audience in clayart.
We also need to have respect for those who so generously give so much
technical information, freely and willingly.
There is no question that those on the list that are publishing books
or articles, should and are supported by this list. We know from what
they have written on clayart that their books are worthwhile and even
a necessary addition to our library.
Buying John and Ron's book is not just about glaze recipes. The name
of the book is "Mastering cone 6 Glazes - Improving Durability, Fit
Tom, I encourage you to not worry about putting technical posts up on
clayart because it might detract publishers from accepting an article
or book from you.
Putting all the information together in one publication is really so
much better than trying to track it down on the net. I think that you
can do both, and I would encourage you to start writing, if that is
what you want to do.
Time to oil my wheel and put on that new belt on my Oscar Paul.
2903 Shelter Valley Rd.
Karen Deasy on tue 8 jan 02
>We also need to have respect for those who so generously give so much
>technical information, freely and willingly.
>There is no question that those on the list that are publishing books
>or articles, should and are supported by this list. We know from what
>they have written on clayart that their books are worthwhile and even
>a necessary addition to our library.
>Buying John and Ron's book is not just about glaze recipes. The name
>of the book is "Mastering cone 6 Glazes - Improving Durability, Fit
>Tom, I encourage you to not worry about putting technical posts up on
>clayart because it might detract publishers from accepting an article
>or book from you.
>Putting all the information together in one publication is really so
>much better than trying to track it down on the net. I think that you
>can do both, and I would encourage you to start writing, if that is
>what you want to do.
To further expand on Liz's contribution:
Writing of books is about the passage of knowledge and creation of a =
permanent record of thought technique and skill. Think of all of the =
skills we have lost through the ages that if we had had more permanent =
records will still be used today,
For example - How were the pyramids constructed, who taught the Mayans =
and other central American tribes their stoneworking techniques? What =
about food preservation techniques? How did the "Ancient Cultures" know =
so much about the stars and complex geometry? What was the purpose of =
Easter Island?Think of all of those old woodworking, potting, smithing =
and weaving skills passed from master to apprentice, what happens when =
the master has died? Sharing of techniques and knowledge in all manners =
of work make for more skillful producers of art.
If your work inspires people to create more stable and food safe glazes =
don't we all benefit not only health wise but the end users of our =
products become more familiar with our work & products.=20
An educated consumer is a good consumer.=20
Isn't art about our interpretation of an object?=20
How often do people say "glazes don't travel" .=20
How often have posters been asked to supply temp, firing cycle glaze =
recipe ect.. to help answer questions?
The learning process comes not only from internal reflection and study =
but group interaction.
Those who post & share their knowledge are also the first recognized as =
authorities in their fields, they can explain for hours why something =
works. I would expect nothing less than a concise well written =
thoroughly researched book from the likes of John, Ron & Tom because of =
their prior posts and would buy their books because of the knowledge =
that I know they possess.=20
Where the sun is shining and we are a lot richer for the wealth of =
knowledge contained in books.