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yappystudent

Member Since 12 Jan 2017
Offline Last Active May 23 2017 11:44 AM
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In Topic: Pottery Back To A Sideline

23 May 2017 - 11:47 AM

Never give up, never surrender.

With any luck this economic climate will come full circle at least to some extent and buyers will need their handmade goods again when the more intelligent ones get sick of wallowing in digitized soulless non-art. Also don't blame yourself, at least you had the courage, unlike myself, to have faith and throw your lot into your art whole-hog. I've always been an artist on the side working a full-time+ job that I totally hated (past tense now) and sucked my muse dry of energy and inspiration like a vampire.

The situation for artists in the world, as illustrated by others above, is just not good for us at the moment. Some places of the US are certainly much harder to carve out a survival living than others. My instincts tell me things will come full circle eventually, in our lifetimes even? Perhaps. Until then, what can we do but support ourselves as best we can, so we can continue to develop and express our gifts for our own sake?

For the record I've given up the idea of selling at physical locations entirely and plan to only be listing my work for sale at internet venues in future. It fits better with my lifestyle and semi-professional approach, but some people work it quite successfully into full-time careers.


In Topic: Qotw: What Movie Best Describes Your Adventures In Clay: And Why?

23 May 2017 - 11:14 AM

Soylent Green, The Road Warrior, and Sleeper (woody allen).

 

Also a bit of the Little Mermaid, just for variations of color and it always makes me think of the "greatest phone message of all time" which I will link here if you want to hear it and the story about it:

 

Warning: https://www.thisamer...eone?act=1#playThis has nothing to do with art and has some friendly cursing, it's also a great radio show if you don't know that already and you should listen regularly. ^_^


In Topic: Nhia 2017 Graduating Student Images

23 May 2017 - 10:57 AM

Enjoyable viewing from fresh young minds. Some talent there. Thanks for putting up the images.

 

Also what a pleasant-looking gallery space, it makes me wish I was there walking around it right now.


In Topic: The End Of An Era-In Mendocino That Is

23 May 2017 - 10:45 AM

Your story makes me so homesick. I moved from northern CA about six yrs ago to Idaho. Actually I'm always homesick I just can't always let myself think about it, ugh. For the record I'm planning on moving to Oregon in a couple years but can't yet.

But I digress: I remember when I first moved to Humboldt Co., CA in the early 1980's from the SF bay area, Humboldt was known as an "Art Region" -they still try, but back then there were galleries everywhere in all the towns along 101 of varying levels from gift shops of everything handmade to -sorta- fine art. (*cough*) -not like LA or anything but, you know, it was a place to start out and exist in good company if you were an artist, you could even make a living at it if you had skill.

By the time I left in 2010 there were just a few venues by comparison. Cost of living became massive. The redwood burl shops selling local pottery and bric-a-brac had to their credit survived for the most part thanks to redwood tourism. Not to get grumpy, but this seems clear to me a result of the changing wealth structure of America; hardly anyone has money to buy themselves a $100 oil painting from an unknown local artist, the few that do go San Francisco and spend $10k instead. Frankly I'm a bit resentful at being priced out of my home state as an artist and I don't mind saying so. Long story and I'll leave it there, for now.

I'd literally kill for a walk on the beach right now.


In Topic: How Clay Has Shaped You?

14 May 2017 - 12:11 PM

Clay allows me to make some of my personal, deepest thoughts real in three dimensions, in a material that will greatly outlast this body's ephemeral blip in the history of the Earth.

 

I'm a sculptress and hand-builder, for my part I feel no affinity for the wheel whatsoever, <_< .