Taylor from Rockport on mon 20 jun 05
Let me know where you live, and I'll drive all the way up there and take
that loud lockerbie off your hands for you. No need having that dangerous
thing around the studio. :)
Taylor in Rockport TX
On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 10:06:01 -0400, Kristin Schnelten
>I received loads of specialized feedback =96 about keeping everything in my=
>studio on casters, about taking time to stretch, about kiln safety. The
>answer that hit me closest to home was, "Take care of your ears." One of
>the potters had significant hearing loss from her pottery wheel, and could
>not stress enough that I switch to a quieter wheel. Which I came home and
>promptly did. I'll be moving from a Lockerbie kickwheel with motor assist
>(wow, loud!) to a Shimpo VL-Whisper. Whoooopeee!
Mike Gordon on mon 20 jun 05
On Jun 20, 2005, at 7:06 AM, Kristin Schnelten wrote:
> What advice do you wish a potter had given you, back when you started
> Kristin, One of the hardest things for some people to do is market
> themselves. Being able to take their work to a gallery, be rejected,
> and not be either pissed off , or depressed about it. You have to let
> rejection roll off your back and go on to the next gallery and try
> again. Personally it always pisses me off. But you have to understand
> that they have to be able to sell your work. If they can't then you
> are just taking up space in their gallery and good space doesn't come
> cheap! Lots of good advice has been offered here before on this
> subject. Marketing, is rarely offered as a college course for artists.
> good luck, Mike Gordon
> Kristin Gail Schnelten
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Kristin Schnelten on mon 20 jun 05
I recently took a little drive around the area where I intend to relocate
in Canada. I'm a functional potter just starting out, and plan to build a
studio and gallery there. So I visited a few potters, talked to them
about their work, their studios, their livelihood.
All of these potters had been in the business of pottery for more than 25
years apiece, and were incredibly open with me about the small points of
being a potter. I asked them about keeping their studios clean, about
marketing their work, keeping their minds fresh. The question they most
responded to during my visits was, "What do you wish someone had told you
when you started out?"
I received loads of specialized feedback =96 about keeping everything in my
studio on casters, about taking time to stretch, about kiln safety. The
answer that hit me closest to home was, "Take care of your ears." One of
the potters had significant hearing loss from her pottery wheel, and could
not stress enough that I switch to a quieter wheel. Which I came home and
promptly did. I'll be moving from a Lockerbie kickwheel with motor assist
(wow, loud!) to a Shimpo VL-Whisper. Whoooopeee!
I didn't want to take up too much of these folks' time =96 they were
functional, production potters and needed to get back to work. I came
back home knowing many other potters out there would love to share some
words of advice, Clayarters especially. So I thought I'd pose the
question to you.
What advice do you wish a potter had given you, back when you started out?
Thanks so much, all! Happy summer out there. =96 Kristin
Kristin Gail Schnelten