Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
DPancioli

How long do you envision yourself making pots?

Recommended Posts

DPancioli    0

How long do you think you will be making pots?

 

I am asking myself this question lately because I am

nearing retirement age. Also, I read lately that Robin Hopper

is no longer making pots; do you know anyone else who

made the decision to stop potting?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JBaymore    1,432

Til I drop dead or until physical health prevents me from doing so.

 

I don't expect to "retire" from being a potter...... I AM a potter.

 

best,

 

.........................john

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mandy    0

How long do you think you will be making pots?

 

I am asking myself this question lately because I am

nearing retirement age. Also, I read lately that Robin Hopper

is no longer making pots; do you know anyone else who

made the decision to stop potting?

 

 

I know 2 potters active and teaching in their 90's, admittedly making smaller ware, but then they always did.

I have tried twice to "quit" so as to concentrate on painting and to travel, but quickly re-aquired a kiln and have only managed a month or six weeks without clay in hand over the last 8 years!

I don't throw or wedge, so there is very little reason I couldn't continue all my life - main worry is eyesight actually!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I am 56 and just sat back down at the wheel two years ago after a 35 year absence. I still work at a full-time job and spend my nights and weekends in the studios or at art fairs. Since I came to this in a backwards way...being that it will be my full-time profession once I retire...I don't envision retiring from it until I can no longer lift a ball of clay. It has changed my life...in a VERY good way...and I ain't a goin' back! Live fully...live centered my friends

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Idaho Potter    62

I turn 77 this year. I intend to keep playing in the mud forever. Yes, infirmities arise as you age, but just scale back the size of what you produce. Maybe production pottery slows down a bit. I center smaller amounts of clay and never construct anything that I can't move without help. I do more with underglazes and majolica now.

 

I refuse to believe Robin Hopper has quit ceramics. Why would anyone stop doing something that brings so much joy? I agree with john--I AM a potter.

 

Shirley

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JBaymore    1,432

Shjrley,

 

Robin has been quite ill. So that likely factors into the possibility.

 

best,

 

............................john

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How long do you think you will be making pots?

 

I am asking myself this question lately because I am

nearing retirement age. Also, I read lately that Robin Hopper

is no longer making pots; do you know anyone else who

made the decision to stop potting?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i only picked up some clay when i was 60 joined a club and had a few lessons 11yrs later still interested and still selling something each month

 

just do what you want what gave you the idea to ask?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Denice    243

When I physically can no longer make anything for my smallest kiln that is 6"x6 I'll quit, but I have a backup plan. I have been growing a drying gourds of all different sizes and shapes they remind me of pots, I'm hoping I'll be able to drill, paint or stain them if I get disabled with my MS and unable to work with clay anymore. I think I would go out of my mind just sitting around watching television all day long, but right now I'm well. Denice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chris Campbell    1,088

Chatting with friends a while ago ... They were reflecting on their jobs and how it was not healthy to confuse who you were with what you did for a living etc ..... Ooops! Needless to say I kept quiet since I am what I do and hope to always be a potter. I think of it as being incredibly lucky.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JBaymore    1,432

Chatting with friends a while ago ... They were reflecting on their jobs and how it was not healthy to confuse who you were with what you did for a living etc ..... Ooops! Needless to say I kept quiet since I am what I do and hope to always be a potter. I think of it as being incredibly lucky.

 

 

Amen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Elly    0

Til I drop dead or until physical health prevents me from doing so.

 

I don't expect to "retire" from being a potter...... I AM a potter.

 

best,

 

.........................john

 

 

 

I am an artist and a creative thinker. While I adore making ceramic art, I know my physical abilities will eventually keep me from working on anything large scale. I will always be creative though (unless I have some sort of brain event that changes me) so I'll write, or paint, or draw or whatever I need to do to fill the craving to create.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JLowes    28

As long as I can find any way to manipulate clay, or put images on clay if I can't form clay, I will keep on going.

 

John

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Matt Oz    67

When I haven’t seen a friend in a long time I usually get asked if I’m still doing the clay thing, and I always think, wow that’s a weird question.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chris Campbell    1,088

When I haven’t seen a friend in a long time I usually get asked if I’m still doing the clay thing, and I always think, wow that’s a weird question.

 

 

Interesting to hear you get asked that too ... I get that comment often but thought it was because I was a woman and thus only doing the clay stuff to "keep busy".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark C.    1,806

Til I drop dead or until physical health prevents me from doing so.

 

I don't expect to "retire" from being a potter...... I AM a potter.

 

best,

 

.........................john

 

 

 

 

Same here-till the end

Mark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nelly    16

How long do you think you will be making pots?

 

I am asking myself this question lately because I am

nearing retirement age. Also, I read lately that Robin Hopper

is no longer making pots; do you know anyone else who

made the decision to stop potting?

 

 

 

Dear All,

 

I visited Robin at his shop at Christmas. While he may not be actively potting, he is doing some great tiles with a new technique. It is still very much ceramic based.

 

On this trip, I also visited Walter Dexter. He too is still potting in his 80's. Great work too. He has gone from what I would call functional pieces to sculpture. Beautiful work.

 

In both cases, these artists have adapted to something new. Maybe that is part of the secret of staying in it. Finding a new niche that works for you.

 

I hope, like both of these successful artists that I too will be potting. But again, mine is a hobby. It is not a full-time job.

 

I think what this question leads to is what are the requirements needed to be a potter as we age. Part of it is, without a doubt the sheer physical strength needed to say pick up a box of clay or wedge at length or for those of you who make clay, pugging the stuff. It can be physically exhausting and injurious. But again, my comments are spoken from the position of someone who is a hobby potter not a full-time one.

 

Nelly

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LilyT    1

I'm a hobby potter, too, but I cannot see myself ever stopping unless physically

disabled or prevented from doing so. When I do and not doing pottery, I am

thinking about it pretty much several times a day every day.

 

I hope that we all can continue until the very end. Carry on, friends!

 

-Lily

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DPancioli    0

How long do you think you will be making pots?

 

I am asking myself this question lately because I am

nearing retirement age. Also, I read lately that Robin Hopper

is no longer making pots; do you know anyone else who

made the decision to stop potting?

 

 

 

Dear All,

 

I visited Robin at his shop at Christmas. While he may not be actively potting, he is doing some great tiles with a new technique. It is still very much ceramic based.

 

On this trip, I also visited Walter Dexter. He too is still potting in his 80's. Great work too. He has gone from what I would call functional pieces to sculpture. Beautiful work.

 

In both cases, these artists have adapted to something new. Maybe that is part of the secret of staying in it. Finding a new niche that works for you.

 

I hope, like both of these successful artists that I too will be potting. But again, mine is a hobby. It is not a full-time job.

 

I think what this question leads to is what are the requirements needed to be a potter as we age. Part of it is, without a doubt the sheer physical strength needed to say pick up a box of clay or wedge at length or for those of you who make clay, pugging the stuff. It can be physically exhausting and injurious. But again, my comments are spoken from the position of someone who is a hobby potter not a full-time one.

 

Nelly

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DPancioli    0

The replies are tas I thought they would be. And John Baymore hit the nail on the head as usual.

Pottery isn't a job, it is a life, a mission, and an identity. I may retire from teaching but I always imagined

that I would be making pinch pots on my death bed!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
TJR    359

I just turned 59 in July. Been making pots for 36 years. No one ever asks me if I'm still making pots. This is who I am and what I do. I might retire from the day job of teaching high school art in two years, but I'll never give up the studio.

A potter buddy of mine switched to water colours and is on me to do some painting, which I am going to try, but my main thing is functional pottery.

TJR.

My only worry is what do I do with the 35 buckets of glaze that I have hanging around the studio. Also all those glaze materials.I am out of Custer Feldspar. Do I buy the bag or just 5 kilos? How long do I have?:unsure:

TJR.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×