Tuesday, February 12, 2013

God and Art

Opening for a much larger conversation...

3 comments:

Lori said...

Thanks for posting this, I watched it and all his others.

Cambria Pottery said...

This took me on a trip through some very inspiring talks by Mr Staley.

Sandy miller said...

Really? You're throwing this out there....... My beliefs after 60 years on the planet and spending 4 years working inner city park police for the city of Cleveland and now entering my 30th year of making pots full time. (it was a barium vs. bullets moment) I have arrived at the church of; IJFI It just fuck'n is. I prefer to think of a vibrating golden web circling the earth with threads reaching out to the universe......if you are lucky you glide the web. If not your stuck...... I have walked away from this stuff I do more times than I care to talk about, why? I have to ask; when the world's needs are so great how the hell do I sit here and make more stuff? Dear God...... Does the world need more stuff? Apparently we do because I can't stop and keep coming back. The artist seem to be my tribe and where I fit in this dense form I like to call earth school. When I work in the studio it is quiet, meditative and as close to a sacred place as I am going to get. Some days you touch the web, some days I walk out of the studio and go fishing or work in the garden. I know I feel very privledged to walk this path..... We eat a lot of rice and beans and rock the second hand stores to live easier on the planet but it has been gift and it is reflected in my work......
I love and adore Val and have had a wonderful conversation about just this. I have so appreciated his answer..... "I don't know, we should talk more...." Do wish some of the "ceramic artists" in higher education would get down to walk a hard scrapple life a bit more or head to third world countries.....where they are making incredible pots but struggling with life. IJFI....... Now go to the studio and make more stuff........