Monthly Archives: January 2014

Support for artists

A friend on facebook responded to a post I linked to on the value of perseverance for artists. (I may already have linked to it here somewhere recently. I can’t remember, and right now I have little inclination to go … Continue reading

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What makes Art Art?

This is the title of a recent post by Creative Infrastructure blogger Linda Essig who also directs the Arizona State University arts entrepreneurship program. In it she considers a question posed by Clayton Lord in a facebook thread. He asks … Continue reading

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Defending DWYL

The “Do what you love” mantra took a broadside the other day, and it actually does serve to point out some areas where society has gotten things wrong. No one is arguing that enjoyable work should be less so. But … Continue reading

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Personality and character reflected in art

“To some extent, we’ve always had an admiration for extroversion in our culture. But the extrovert ideal really came to play at the turn of the 20th century when we had the rise of big business. Suddenly, people were flocking … Continue reading

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Unbridled joy

Unbridled. Picture a herd of wild horses roaming the plains. No bridles. No saddles. No masters. Free to go where the desire takes them. Untamed. Not chained up or put in cages. No Brand…… There is a thread of conversation … Continue reading

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Is the difference between beginners and experts simply a difference in quality?

I’m interested in this question as a reflection of how we teach art, what we teach, and why we teach. It also seems important for artists navigating the larger world of the art industry. Its only a question for artists … Continue reading

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What was I thinking… in 2013?

Hi all, and a belated happy new year! I’ve just been informed that my blog was among the top pottery related blogs of 2013 as reviewed on the Pottery Making Info blog. I am incredibly honored to find that all … Continue reading

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