All right, who is this balding, bearded, bespectacled guy selling pottery on some street corner? Just another ex-hippie, mired in the sixties, struggling to survive and avoid the corporate cubicle?
I didn't start out to be a potter. Does anyone? I was going to be a car designer, move to Detroit and draw tail fins. Doodling on the margins of my school papers always got me into trouble in grade school, and cars stirred my adolescent blood, so car designing seemed inevitable. Five semesters of Art Center in L.A. showed me that there were people who were much better artists that I was, and the prospect of moving to Detroit became increasingly unappealing.
So I switched to Psychology - it was a time of questing, for me. One B.A. (Psych., San Francisco State) and lots of rejection letters from grad schools later found me working as a Social Worker, and taking night classes at the local junior college to fight the boredom. The pottery class stuck. I became addicted. All I could think about was my pottery class.
I can read the handwriting on the wall, so I quit my job, went back to school (thank you G.I. Bill!) and became a full-time pottery student at San Jose State. Everyone there told me that you couldn't make a living as a potter, you have to teach (they were all teachers and didn't know much about being a potter). So I figured that was the way to go. Luckily I fell into a situation where I was able to begin selling my pottery on the weekends at a local shopping area in Los Gatos. "Hey, I can sell this stuff and make money!"
So I quit school (I'd become involved in all the anti-war activity at the time and my school work was suffering badly anyway) and became a potter (about 1973). You don't need any credentials to sell pots, just good pots.
So here I am, a gently greying potter, with a modicum of success, slowly potting my way through a good life. It's a hard way to make a living, but a wonderful way to live a life!
*Oh yeah, there are all kinds of other stuff in my life; family, books, sports cars, politics, Mensa, etc., but if you care about that stuff talk to me in person.
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NEWS 2017: Dear Friends and Pottery Lovers,
This year brings a big change for me. I am now a member of the Artist’s Collaborative Gallery in Old Sacramento
(129 K St.). A limited selection of my work will be there at all times.
I am still doing shows, as you can see, but perhaps not quite as many. Please check my web site during the year for
changes. If you want more show information, or the availability of specific pottery items, just email me with your questions
(before the start of the show).
Two things haven’t changed - no special orders and no sales by mail. Please see me at a show.
Berryessa Art& Wine Festival. Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road.
The 40th year for this enjoyable event. Arts and crafts -- wine and food - - and entertainment. ***
(Sunday & Monday, 11am-6pm) Art & Wind Festival. San Ramon Central Park 12501 Alcosta Blvd.
Arts and crafts, kite flying, kids’ events, food and entertainment
Another great art show along tree-lined Santa Cruz Ave. Look for me in front of the Boulanger. ***
October 7+8, San Carlos, CA
Art & Wine Faire. Along San Carlos Ave. and Laurel St. Outstanding arts & crafts
along with wine, beer, food, family fun zone, and live entertainment. ***
October ?, sacramento, CA
Holiday Show/Sale. Shepard Garden & Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.
Hours: 10AM to 4 PM. ***
Fine Arts Festival. - Spanos Community Center, 920 W. March Lane
Lots of pottery, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, and other art -- plus door
prizes and a raffle. Hours: Fri. 4-8 PM and Sat. 10 AM to 5 PM. ***
Hope to see you at the next Fair!
Message John here: firstname.lastname@example.org