• Pat Fleming

October 7 2020

I seems that when I mixed up some clay for my last video I poured it into the wrong bucket and made the Dirt Glaze more refactory. I added some borate and tested it today. It seems OK. Tomorrow we will take some pots to the Gallery Underground. It is the first time that we have done that this year. I got a check last week so some folks are buying even with the shortened hours and covid19. This Friday I will be TEAM ing with with Brian's class about native material. It seems that his students are not interested in doing work like digging and processing clay and glaze materials. It seems odd that current beginners aren't interested in doing the interesting stuff like using local soil as a glaze. They want to buy their clay in bags, glazes in 4 ounce jars and use kilns that fire themselves. It's a lot different than in the 70s. I got my painting accepted by the Larson Gallery show. I also went to AAA gallery to pick up the paintings that Sally Green left off there. It was at one time depressing and irritating. Sally, like a lot of local artists don't have a problem with the rampant censorship. I responded to a posting today about censorship and that kinda set me off. The woman who posted it had no problem with the gallery censoring my work because of the way the back side was finished. At the show they kept me from, there was a painting in a sandwich bag held by 2 paper clips. I guess I should be happy with the other 5 galleries I am in. I was featured in 2 galleries and 1 winery in September and sold all 8 of my donated paintings at the Artwalla charity show so I guess it's OK but I will never accept censorship. Our area is inundated with censorship at the civic level. Censorship is wrong.


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