Well, it was a good thing to be at work, today. I think it’s called, “networking”?
I received two valuable responses from colleagues who have both worked in Art & Design. One of them was to informationally interview people in the field I was interested in, in order to get a sense of what the work was actually like — this is in regard to Graphic Design. The main drawback that I can see to this, at this point, is that I do not carry the responsibility for the direction of the work…and that’s what my old Drawing teacher directly warned us about. (I’m writing this stuff down now so I don’t forget it.)
Given that — that this is a main downside to working in commercial art (that is, that it appears that people who want work done want it done by someone who isn’t human — kind of like how I rail against people most highly valuing stones which look mass-produced [yeah! let’s look just like everyone else!]), I started thinking again about pottery. I did ask one of my co-workers about this; he recommended jumping in to what I wanted to do, in order to see the day-to-day reality of what it is like. This is so I don’t get overwhelmed with worry and fear about what things “might be” like.
Something that also came up was the possibility of apprenticing to a potter. That actually sounds like a really workable — and interesting — idea.
Right now what I’m thinking of, is: No matter what grades I get at the end of Spring semester, I’ll plan to go back into the nearest community college I know of which deals with Ceramics (this is, unfortunately, a 45-minute commute; although I may be able to find a closer school, it won’t be in the same cultural enclave as the one I’m used to). I can see, then, if I still like it. I will also, this way, get to know students and teachers, who may be able to help me find a suitable Master to work under. Come Fall…I am uncertain what will happen, but I will again be able to take Ceramics classes at a closer college.
My desire to work with clay has not decreased since I was able to use the cup I bought…it feels really nice in the hand, and it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at. I’ve also realized that cafes and restaurants are likely good places to sell to (I noticed the cups in the drying rack of a nearby cafe, today) although this may mean that it will be most practical to make things…that look mass produced.
(?!) Well, what the market demands, you know. There was also a place (Heath? Ceramics) which is based in Marin County which provided the hot-cups used at the Honolulu Art Museum.
It would be interesting, though, to see what opens up if and after I learn to speak and understand Japanese language, better…I wonder if anyone would teach me how to make ceramics in an Eastern style…