“Why do people think artists are special? It’s just another job.” Andy Warhol.
Where is the Art? The Magic? In our hearts and hands. We have a passion for making a mug or goblet or bowl or dish that makes you happy. That makes your life better. Our work brings beauty and life to your life.
John likes to tell people he’s living his dream of having his own manufacturing plant. It’s his studio!
That’s right. Our studio is a small factory: with industrial sounds and smells; with dust and oil; with equipment and tools. Some days it’s our packing and shipping department. We make glaze in our studio, we have raw materials, mixers, recipes, scales, calipers, levels, saws, drills. You get the idea. It’s a shop.
People wander into our studio/factory to ‘See where the art happens.’ In awe, they watch John wedge or throw and ask, “Where do you get your ideas?*” or “What’s your motivation?*” and he answers these questions and more. He tells stories of how he fell in love with clay (he was about 5) and when he knew this would be his life.
The most important thing to remember, though, is this. It’s our day job, this making pottery. It’s our life’s work. We get up and deal with deadlines. Failures in equipment and materials. Repairs. Successes. Glitches. Accolades. Awards. Regular stuff.
We do know, though, that what we do isn’t usual. Not everyone does this, work in clay. So while it’s different, it’s the same as everyone. We have a job, and we do it.
(*More ideas than days and the mortgage)
Do you agree with this? Have a story of your own? Is making art just a job? Let us know.