Patrick Royle on Production Pottery and Fine Art

(Patrick Royle is a potter living in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, best known for his production pottery, Fireweed Series)

I talked with Patrick Royle last night about "production" pottery. I was curious to learn if he would rather work at a "regular job" and work on his "fine art" pottery in his spare time. This, instead of barely making ends meet with the product line he swore he'd never do.

His answer to taking a job was an unqualified no. He said that he loved his medium and was happy to work in it all the time. He has decided to do both and to give one full day a week (or more, before a show) to his fine art clay.

What a great attitude, one which I will emulate. The appreciation for the fact that I'll be working in antler, horn and ivory alone will be enough to carry me through the "production" pieces and fire my creative energies for larger pieces. Actually, I may be lucky in that every piece I do is an original, which enables me to take creative freedoms with each piece.

If It Didn't Sound So Crazy

From an Artist's Way excercize:

14. If it didn't sound so crazy, I'd work as an artist full time, making sculpture and carving.

18. Learning to trust myself is probably the best thing I could do, in all areas of life. It would lessen the need for approval all the time!