Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The price of pots

I've been considering this a lot lately - the price of my pots. I look at a piece and I know how much clay, glazes and time I have in it. I know how much it cost to fire and I know my associated costs: the entry fees, the displays, the gas(!) used in driving to a venue. All this I add to the "price" of my pots. What I don't add is the cost to my body - the aching arm, sore back, stiff neck. I wonder how long I can make pots. How long I can lug the clay, pug the clay, even center it?

This is not a whine, just a musing. For clay gives me at least as much as it takes. But it is a hard taskmaster!

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