I had my thesis defense today. I have been in school for three years now. I feel that I have really begun to know my motivations for making ceramic work, political and otherwise. Much of my recent awareness has actually come from the web. I have found a whole community of like-minded folks thinking about the implications of making things by hand in todays' society.
When my faculty recently questioned my choice to leave school to go on to make pots for a living in addition to teaching I was really quite sad. I am so excited about what the craft world is up to lately, how supported I am by Etsy and my galleries already. American Craft magazine has revamped its look and is a really great magazine. I would love to participate in a dialogue about ways make folks see that being a functional potter can be smart, can be viable and is conceptual, political and much much more.
After I came across a recent conversation on Imogene's blog (that has me buzzing) I feel immensely better. There are heaps of other people out there trying to do the same thing I am and succeeding. I believe that I can go out there and make some damn good pots and get food on the table to boot--at least I am going to try. My choice to make pots is one that is in line with my choice to live in an alternative lifestyle to the norm. I want to be able to be as self-reliant as possible--grow my own food, build my own home, work with my hands to make things people need and desire...
Click here to read the blog entry by Imogene. There are over 125 responses that are inspiring and exciting to read--well worth wading through.