Friday, June 6, 2014
The small stuff
In order to make a living as a potter, or any craft, you need to have some small works that are something you enjoy making as much as the big stuff.
We love the glory of the big works, the work that screams, "look at me!"
The reality is there are many folks who love to own some of the simple pots. A mug, tumbler, bowl and yes, we make and sell many oil lamps. There are always discussions in the world of clay about the things that potters make.
For us it has never been about following the crowd, but more about finding a place in which we are happy with what we do.
"No, he would say, I have scratched that itch ."
There are times that you have to follow a path of need, want, discovery to take the clay somewhere you have not gone together before.
Then there are times that the simple act of making a shape over and over can be the comfort you need. There are times that I feel a peace when just throwing those simple forms.
( maybe we are a gateway drug)
I can not even tell you how many of the lamps we have sold over the years.
I can tell you that they are enjoyed, my customers tell me so.
Plus, when we know we are going to have no power we line up our own.
We have found that with 2 we can play cards or dominoes.
The wick is fiberglass and unlike cotton will not burn up. It absorbs the oil and pulls it to the top. What you get is a nice flame like a candle without the drips of wax.
I did my first 3 days in a row of teaching, a long day for me finds me going to bed pretty early since I need to be up about 5:30 am to roll out of here on time.
Mark has been steadily tossing clay on the wheel and should have a bisque load going next week.
My only problem is that it is not Friday on the last day of the week I work.....I'm getting my days mixed up and Mark is not going for giving me a 4 day week-end. ( I need to work on that).