This page will be used to share the blog posts of others that I have found interesting. Sometimes it is only that the post asks a question or makes a challenging statement that sparks my interest. The posts are usually discussions of more philosophical and practical issues than technical ones. Occasionally I have been moved to leave a comment. The links will be sort of like a bookmark of interesting pottery posts and conversation. Hope you enjoy! (I should especially mention that my favorite blog “This week at St Earth” is not listed here only because it doesn’t accept comments and all the excellent conversations I have had with Scott Cooper have been conducted by email. Please check his blog out if you are not already familiar.) an inspiring poem about what it means to be an artist. a thoughtful post of contrivance in art and just how important it really is. on growing as a potter and moving beyond what we intend. This is probably my favorite pottery post ever. If I had a dream for what a pottery blog should be it would be something like the conversation that happened here. I tried to push the question along and I think it turned into a really great discussion. I know I learned a whole lot from what other folks had to contribute. The idea of a signature style is at the heart of much of what I think about pottery these days, not all of it positive. This is a great post from Ron that asks the question of what to do with our old pots. It takes a few turns and I think ultimately asks us what it means to grow as an artist. Must we outgrow our old selves? Ron asks the question of the value of what we make. Lots of great responses here. Plenty of interesting tangents. Oh, and of course I go a bit overboard (as usual) …. Laurie ask an interesting question that I think hides some of our prejudices as artists. I have two comments here where I try to get myself clear on just what I’m thinking. I like a lot of what I had to say here. Sequoia is one of the all time great potter/ranters. He never fails to provoke me. This post is about the lack of sophistication that many galleries have for ceramics. Another excellent rant from Sequoia on the standing of craft in museums. Michael talks about his process, how he generates ideas, how he deals with creative blocks, and his routine for the day. A great read! This is a great post that looks at the influences we get from the things in our environment. Ron asks the question of the merits of ‘chasing the market’ Lots of great comments here. Laurie asks the question of how we measure our success. John breaks down some of the issues of academic ceramics that tend to frustrate and confuse the humble potter. Laurie asks about one of the common influences of the working potter. Is music a distraction, an aid? Does it make the work different than it otherwise would have been? Interesting discussion. Matty talks about his quest to find his ‘voice’ in clay. Chris asks the question of how he will evolve as an artist and some of the pressures an artist faces. Whitney asks the question of how we find the art in production and meaning in repetition. Every surface of the pot is a chance to leave information. So what statement do we make? Laurie asks this question. A great interview with a fine artist. Lots of good advice and a healthy perspective. Sequoia confesses to a huge change in his life where he will attempt to “blow his mind wide open”. Laurie asks “What do you do to get out of a creative funk?” John asks us how we survive the ‘deep-end’ of making a living with our art. A ton of great stuff here. Don blows up the blogosphere by calling potters out for some shabby and shallow blogging. Don explores the idea of how we see the things we see. Fascinating stuff. This is the seminal interview that Michael Simon gave to Mark Shapiro. A must read for any thoughtful potter. An important question about how artists approach their work. Don blows it up again with another post on the S&D blog. This one questions what potters feel they need to aim at and whether we are setting the bar too low. Euan writes a poetic ode to the appreciation of peace and beauty. Very moving stuff.


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