Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Inner Peace

Well we're moving in the morning. We're surrounded by boxes and I'll be damned if I know where my socks are. I could use some inner peace. One of my students sent me this advice. I tried it!

I'm passing this on because it worked for me today. A Dr. on TV said to have inner peace we should always finish things we start & we all could use more calm in our lives. I looked around my house to find things I'd started & hadn't finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvum!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cowboy Down

The other night for some reason Sheila got up to get a drink of water and walked by my computer to read that friend and potter Bob Reimer had passed at age of 57. Well I've laid awake for nights thinking of Bob. I remember him as this handsome poster boy in an ad for Tucker's Clay that read "Soft clay, slow wheel". Sure wish Bob's wheel of life had slowed down. Here is a pic from a previous blog posting where I got to spend a few days with some great potters. Here is pic of Aaron Nelson, Bob Reimer, Jim Etzkorn and Yous truly. Bob and I drove from Calgary to The Hat and he talked of retiring to The Hat to be part of the great clay community that is developing there.

Gosh, darn, damn!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Week from Hell

We're getting ready to make the move being urban potters and that includes having a new septic system put in at Sour Cherry Pottery. The dozer and backhoe have got the job done if the rain would only keep up- up in the sky that is. We need to sow some grass seed.
A nice little break in the clouds of this week was a trip with the students to the vault of the Royal Ontario Museum to look at some medieval pots. That little wood fired lead glazed piggy bank with the chickens on it makes my heart flutter. Nice slip trailed charger with cockle shell impressed rim. I'm looking at e-ware for inspiration to reinvent us. If all goes well there should be some pots coming out of the studio after Christmas. Yep, Christmas and pots are still words I use.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rockin' Robin

We're 3 weeks away from the Rockin'Robin Rock n Roll show. He'll be playing lead on stage and he's gone electric. We have over a 100 bums in seats as of today so we hope to have an electric audience for Robin's last tour of Ontario. He offers up so much information on surface. We are all very excited. Come one, come all! http://hopperworkshop.eventbrite.com

Saturday, October 1, 2011

People that work

Gotta tell ya I haven't had much I wanted to write about with this job at Sheridan, planning the Hopper workshop, working at Pinecroft and cleaning and getting ready for our move to The Hammer. Every once in a while I get a moment to reflect on how how almost all of my dreams have been realized and that I am a lucky man.
I got a nice note from my young friend USU undergraduate Bobby Free that made me stop and think about how important it is to keep workin'. Bobby is busting his butt and making a living as a potter in an economy that is in the shitter and in the state of Montana that already has more than it's share of good potters. Bobby is like many of us that have hung in there. You work when you're tired. You work when you're hung over! You work when the fish are biting! You work when everyone else is playing!
I thought this wee reading by Ira Glass was worth pinning up by your wheel.
Off to clean my glaze shed. Rocks, clays, ashes, weird shit I always thought I'd do something with. I need 3 more lives to git all this here stuff done!