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some reflections on china/selling pots

updated tue 16 may 06


mel jacobson on mon 15 may 06

it seems that our conversation about
selling fine craft and art is on the minds
of many quality chinese artists and potters as well.

they see the writing on the wall as the countries of
the far east become more /open/and international.

it is also very obvious that china has a working policy of
one child per household. it is hard to imagine being
a teacher in china and every student is `an only child, and
first child`. scarrrrry. that makes for a very spoiled
society in a few years.

we have the same thing happening here...`entitlement`.
everything in the world belongs, or should belong to me.

as we say in the senior swimming center...`suffering is getting
a new chevy without a tv`. `aren't we getting a new bmw?`

several of the eejing teapot artists said to me that the
high end teapot was not going to be selling for many more
years...that would be teapots in the 800 to a 1000$ range.
they think that `armani suits` will be the rage soon.

so, we are not alone. it is an international problem.
and, if it is a problem, we have to live with it, and then
figure out how to compete. it is a problem to be solved,
not thrown out.

just being on clayart, feeling the sense of international
art and sharing of ideas will be the first step in
understanding......identify the problem, then work to
solve it. together.
whining has never solved a problem. only hard work,
and intelligent ideas.

from: mel/

lee love on mon 15 may 06

--- In, mel jacobson wrote:

> we have the same thing happening here...`entitlement`.
> everything in the world belongs, or should belong to me.

That's where a certain kind of system always leads. The meanest think
they should own everything. :^(

But I don't know if "one child" leads to this. They've been
that way for some time in Japan. Interesting study I heard on the
radio today while taking slides into Utsunomiya for processing: In
Beijing, the average father gets home at 6 to 7pm. In Singapore,
somewhere in the middle. In Japan, they get home at 11pm to
midnight. The only child isn't "entitled" to see dad.

The study I heard last week was while Japan is #1 at infant
survival, with the best health system in the world, America, while
paying the most for health in the world, has the highest infant
mortality in the developed world. Japan's health system is a kind
where they learn not to run with scissors. ;^)

Lee In Mashiko, Japan