This last podcast episode (51) left me with some mixed feelings. While I enjoyed the majority of it, there was this conversation toward the end about competition and if these three rather big names in the pottery world, felt the pressure of competition because the low-end of pottery is getting…
If you ask me (and no one did) what makes someone a ‘real potter/sculpter/artist/etc’ is not whether they do it ‘full time’, but the quality, creativity, and consistency of the artwork they produce. I used to be secretive about my day job because I didn’t want people to think that my work in clay was ‘just a hobby’ or whatever. I’ve since decided that if someone thinks I’m not a ‘real artist’TM just because I have a day job, they can go fuck themselves and the high horse they rode in here on. And if you want to talk about suffering for your art, try working a full time job (so that you can pay for your equipment, supplies, studio space, eat, live) and then doing your art work on top of that, daily, for years. Seriously, I’m tired.
It must be nice to live in lala land were enough people want to buy $30 mugs made by you that you can make a reasonable living. But I live in the real world, where it’s hard to convince people to buy a $15 mug (of any kind/quality/awesomeness) when they can get a $2 one from a big box which also can hold their coffee.