Category Archives: Creative industry

How not to get crushed by a poor weekend selling art

A dear friend just had a miserable weekend not selling art work and I couldn’t sleep without writing what I understood about poor sales. This is the letter I sent my friend, but maybe it can make a difference to … Continue reading

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Does art even matter?

Sigh. Like for many of you, I am supposing, something significant about the world changed last Tuesday. Values for society and our communities were suddenly brought into question. Many seeming certainties showed the fractures of doubt. Not that we believed … Continue reading

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Why art needs stories

If you go back and read what I’ve blogged the last several months you may see the signs of a story being told. Several stories, perhaps, and that in itself is a story. At least, I have attempted to describe … Continue reading

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Repost: Defensive potting

Defensive Potting: The story of Michael Simon’s evolution out of the round Posted on July 31, 2013 by Carter Gillies So I just got back From the Michael Simon gallery talk at the exhibition of his work, “Pick of the Kiln’, at … Continue reading

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The interesting thing about art criticism

For all you art world artists out there. I just read this article the other day and it reminded me why art criticism, for all the good it is capable of, continues to bore me. Read this if you are … Continue reading

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How to parent artists

I’m not going to tell you there’s a right way of doing it, but there are different ways. We each have to answer these questions ourselves. Only, there are values we can hold that lead us in one direction and … Continue reading

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Repost: Is the value of art a material object?

First posted August 16th, 2012 as “Is the value of pottery a material object?” (See the comments there for some good discussion. Feel free to add a new thread here 🙂 ) ———————————————————- The funny thing I’ve noticed in my time … Continue reading

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Repost: The bitter truth about professional standards in pottery (and art)

(From April of last year) “Talk about equality gets off on the wrong foot if we start from the assumption that it expresses an immediate moral demand to treat everyone the same. Of course, there are thousands of legitimate reasons … Continue reading

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Simon Levin to critique Andrew Linderman’s mug on Monday

Hey all! My forward thinking buddy Simon Levin will kick off a great idea this coming Monday (4/18/16 at 9pm EST) on Periscope (@woodfire). Potter Andrew Linderman has sent him a mug to critique, and Simon will conduct the examination … Continue reading

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The doctrine of Yo

While making some bowls this morning I decided I would write a doctrine of Yo, not knowing what others had made of this word, and knowing only what I intended to use it for. Happy coincidence that others’ use seems … Continue reading

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