The Mud-Pie Dilemma: A Master Potter's Struggle to Make Art by John Nance

By John Nance

The common dream of doing the paintings you like and incomes a dwelling at it varieties the guts of this present variation of a booklet that has turn into a favourite of many potters. This clean account of The Mud-Pie trouble, written by means of John Nance, updates by means of 25 years the vintage tale of Tom and Elaine Coleman and their struggles to create a profitable, loving marriage and kinfolk whereas grasp potter Tom seeks to gain his impressive capability as a ceramic artist. For greater than 3 a long time, studio potters Tom and Elaine Coleman have sustained themselves and raised a relations via their paintings in clay. It has concerned significant alterations in geography, and in methods, kinds and technique of dwelling and dealing. regardless of the problems and low setbacks, the Colemans have discovered it to be a in my view and creatively pleasant profession. writer John Nance, who met the Colemans 25 years in the past whilst he documented their paintings within the first version, brings their tale brand new during this newest version.

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I’d just go around some and not worry all the time about money. Go here, go there—see this guy’s work, that guy’s. Just talk to people. ” We moved to the back room and he kept talking while checking the material he used to prevent pots from sticking on his silicon carbide kiln shelves. This problem of sticking—spalling—was not solved by the washes usually applied to shelves. The washes 38 T h e S t r u g g l e flaked off, which was destructive because after each firing he turned his shelves end-toend and over, to prevent sagging—and the flakes would fall into pots.

T h e S t r u g g l e “Sure, that’s true,” Tom said, who had walked over beside me. ” He smiled and put his arms around a ginger jar and gave it a hug. “But,” he added, “as much as I like them at this stage, I have got to say that form is not my big thing. I’m most interested in decorating, painting. You could say that I’m really just making a different kind of surface to paint on—a kind of round canvas. Glazing is boring to me, but painting—decorating—is exciting. I started as a painter, and I was a pretty good draftsman at one time.

I’ll have to see all the pieces together, ready to be decorated. Then I’ll look at each one individually—longer as individuals— and try to get the feel of each piece, the texture, shape, and so on. Then I’ll try to see 28 T h e S t r u g g l e what belongs on it. ” After Tom returned to work, the phone rang and he asked me to answer. A youngish woman’s voice said brightly that she represented a new gallery that was being opened and wanted to talk to Tom Coleman. I said he was working and she said she would hold on.

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