A friend has pointed me in the direction of John Britt's videos and I plan to watch more as soon as I get time. This one is great. Informative, relevant (well.. to those of us that like to reclaim porcelain) and it carries a subtle message too.
I really like the bumper sticker. It says a lot.
Conversations about 'process' have arisen recently and the term 'labour intensive' seems to crop up when I describe and consider my own creative processes. I'm actually ok with this. In fact, strange as it may sound, it is the way I prefer things. There are reasons for choosing a traditional craft technique over modern production methods and it's fairly reasonable to assume none of them are economic!
I guess it's a little like the slow food movement. I enjoy spending time with my materials and prefer it when there are less gadgets and machines between them and me. I'm no purist mind, I like my wheel with power and my clay comes in a bag. I imagine each craftsperson draws their own line in regard to technology and machinery and maybe that line changes with financial changes. But, for the most part, I'm happiest with fairly low-tech processes.
So when I am asked, yet again, why I don't have a pug mill the answer, for the time being, remains the same - No I wouldn't say I'm a purist... maybe I am a little old fashioned... but yes, I still wedge.