Oy! I'm exhausted after another awesome NCECA (National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference. I got back from Tampa yesterday afternoon. I narrowly lost a hotly contested board position election to my friend Sam Chung... I'm stupid enough to run for another board position next year, though. I've been reflecting lately on political involvement in the crafts... it's weird to go from a "crafty maverick" to somebody who gets listened to by different craft organizations. Political involvement is the only way change can happen, though.
I'll be posting a bunch more stuff in the next few days. In the meantime, if you want to check out some more in-depth coverage, check out my pal Michael Kline's blog Sawdust and Dirt. He's been posting an avelanche of coverage. Check out the awesome photo at the beginning of this post. It's me with Robin Hopper--an eccentric potter, author and actor who gave one of the most batshit insane (in a great way) lectures I've ever seen. He kicked off his career retrospective lecture with a six-minute karaoke cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sypathy for the Devil" with ceramic parody lyrics (Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of clay and glaze). I've got a brief clip that I'll upload to YouTube soon.
It was great seeing all of my old friends and meeting plenty of new ones. Until soon!