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work ethic - vacation ethic

updated thu 8 jul 04


claybair on wed 7 jul 04

My husband just went back to work after nearly 2 weeks off.
We discussed going somewhere for a "vacation" several times.

We stayed home where I was in the studio creating new work
14-18 hours a day and he did the same in his studio
creating some new music. It was great!

My work is my vacation.... now how fabulous is that!!!!!
Gayle Bair
Bainbridge Island, WA

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On Behalf Of David
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 9:20 PM
Subject: Re: Work Ethic

My favorite comment about the work ethic comes from Kemmons Wilson,
the founder of the Holiday Inn motel chain.
Rule number one from his "Twenty Tips for Success":
"Work only a half a day; it makes no difference which half; it can be
either the first 12 hours or the last 12 hours."

I also like to work and start to go nuts if a vacation drags on for
too long.
I have a preacher friend who is of the same persuasion, always working
on some building project. He was a heavy equipment mechanic until, later
in life, he "received the call".
I once mentioned to him that I wasn't so sure about Heaven. I mean, I start
getting restless after three days when there is nothing to do but relax.
"Don't worry," he said with a wink, "even streets of gold have potholes
that need to be filled."

As for Mel's contention that potters are in "a number's game", the thesis is
confirmed in the book "Art and Fear", by David Bayles and Ted Orland.
They relate an interesting experiment undertaken by a ceramics teacher.
On the first day of class he announced that he was dividing the class into
two groups, with one group to be graded solely on the quality of their work
and the other only on the quantity of their work. A funny thing happened:
at the end of the class, all the work of the highest quality came from the
group being graded for quantity!
While the students in the "quality" group were designing and thinking about
that one masterpiece that would earn them an "A", those in the "quantity"
group kept their hands in clay, practicing and repeating forms so often that
they became capable potters.

P.S. Taylor: there is a spare bedroom downstairs, and I buy clay 2800
pounds at a time. We need to make 5 trips to the scrap wood yard for
kiln wood. When do you want to start?

David Hendley

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