My husband Bill and I are very private, low-profile people, but when Piedmont Crafts Guild, the oldest crafts guild in NC, asked us to participate in a series of short videos about guild members, we couldn't say 'no' to a guild that has done so much for so many. Consequently, we spent a day last summer with a mini film crew at our rural South Carolina home near the Catawba Indian Nation, whose thousands of years of pottery tradition my husband carries on. In contrast, as some of you know from the outpouring of help that I've received from this forum, I am a self-taught sculptor. What I really like about the video is how it shows that, like everyone who chooses to work in clay, our love for the medium enriches and defines our life. (What I don't love, having just seen the film, is that it now occurs to me that taking a few minutes to apply cosmetics (on me, not Bill) might have been a good investment of my time before the crew arrived to make a high def video! ) Oh well....
Thanks, all of you for your kind words and warm response to the video. I have to say that the decision to focus the video on our relationship along with our work was the choice of the makers, and it struck us as slightly ironic. After the intensity and intimacy of a shared life in craft, we were adjusting to a new reality that took Bill away from home and studio for all but a few hours a day. After 25 years of working side by side, our new reality is that his days as Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation are filled with administrative duties for a tribe of 3,000, lobbying Congress on Native issues, and handling intense political pressure as he works to regain some of the sovereign rights lost to his tribe. Meanwhile I keep the homefires burning and look forward to the day when his crucial work on behalf of his tribe is done and I regain my studio partner.
The video shows us working on several pieces that are pictured in their completed states below.
B Harris small image.jpg 52.81KB 4 downloads Bill Harris Pottery_054 small image.jpg 28.49KB 2 downloads BLUEBIRDS SWIRLED AROUND HER clay sculpture by Jayne Harris.jpg 181.59KB 3 downloads JAYNE HARRIS SCULPTURE 46 SMALL IMAGE.jpg 46.85KB 2 downloads