I love the poster in the background in that video with the calligraphic Kanji for "clay" on it.
He's a great potter and a great teacher.
That symbol looks like a cross.....Is that a sign?.....
He seems like a great potter and teacher. I'd just love to sit down, and have a conversation with him.
What an interesting discussion.
Just yesterday, a friend of mine came to visit. He said "your work is good but you are not going to make it with only focusing on functional pieces." He then pointed out some of the artistic work collected in my home. You know the stuff done by real potters who can command high prices for their work.
He said, they made it in the "big league" because they did something different rather than bowls, plates and mugs.
I found myself really thinking about it after he left. I wondered, do I make enough work that is non-functional or simply pieces that are for aesthetic reflection?? Am I in a functional rut??
I do not see myself now or in the future entering "the big league." I do this for relaxation and fun. I like my pieces to be held and used.
But there is still this nagging part of me that is saying, you may want to consider reaching out further and trying to extend your vision at least for a period of time to see where it takes you in moving away from functional ware. You know...try it for something new and different.
I still have three months left for the summer. Who knows...maybe I will try to move gently away and try more artistic sculptural pieces.