Monthly Archives: April 2011

Being yourself

Kelly Kessler asked me about the point behind the point of my last post on “The anatomy of an artistic theft”: How do I feel about the issue of originality in pottery? I will share my response in just a … Continue reading

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An anatomy of artistic theft

“Anatomy of a cheating heart: The story of my thieving ways”. I have just decided that this will be the title of my autobiography, should one ever get written. ——————————- Chapter #18 OK. So I was in the studio the … Continue reading

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The collective wisdom of potters

I probably lost most of my readers with that last post, my mad cap ramblings, and my insane jousting with windmills. If you hadn’t guessed it already, these posts are usually me just thinking out loud, putting some ideas out … Continue reading

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Close encounters with the collective unconscious

This morning I had to do a double take as I was getting cereal together for my breakfast. I had set the coffee pot down inside a bowl I hadn’t yet cleaned from last night’s dinner, and turned to start … Continue reading

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The illusion of technique

I have always been fascinated with this idea. I have kicked around different ways of looking at it and I see with increasing clarity that taking a stand on it says something about both how we practice our own art … Continue reading

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New addition to the Gillies household

I can’t imagine anyone reading my posts and not reading Tracey Broome’s excellent blog, but let me just take this opportunity to give a shout out to her post today. If you know Tracey you know what an inspiration she … Continue reading

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Supporting an arts education

Ok. I seem to be just throwing stuff out there as food for thought. There are so many good ideas floating around and I have learned so much from all the folks that have engaged in this discussion. I don’t … Continue reading

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Responding to Scott

Scott pointed out in a comment on the “why?” post that the ray of hope quotation from a director of the Museum of Art and Design  rings pretty hollow when the name of that institution has been officially changed from … Continue reading

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What now?

Wow! That is some incredible thought and energy that has gone into the discussion on the last post! My intentions for it were totally different, but there were such good comments, and I was learning so much, that I thought … Continue reading

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Why?

In Philosophy grad school I heard the story about the student taking an exam on existentialism, and the answer he put in his blue book, the essay he wrote, contained only the single word: “Why?”. The student got an “A” … Continue reading

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