Carving Out a Future

"As an artist who is trying to find his audience and way in the professional world, Brian R. Jones came up against several challenges that he saw as new and somewhat unaddressed by the established Fine Craft world. This lecture, delivered in Houston during the National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts, was meant in part to start a conversation about where we are headed, or indeed mired in, and as a call to action."

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Utilitarian Clay VI Symposium

"Bill and I decided early on to focus the UC VI symposium on a group of artists considered to be in the ‘early-career’ phase of their métier.  It was in part a recognition of the sea-change of sorts afoot in our field, as well as knowing that the tried and true template of the symposium could/should embrace the change;  this was a departure from the previous symposium’s rubric of an even distribution of early, mid, and late career artist."

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The History of Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object National Symposium

"In the spring of 1990, Michael Simon, well respected studio potter from Georgia was teaching a one week workshop at ArrowmontSchool of Arts and Crafts.  Bill Griffith, then the Assistant Director of Arrowmont approached Michael at the end of the workshop session and asked for Michael’s thoughts about Arrowmont hosting a conference with a focus on making pottery.  Michael liked the idea and commented, 'if you do a conference about pottery, I hope you celebrate the object, damn it!' "

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