To successfully create our Artisan Lab educational facility we must recruit experienced partners. We seek exceptionally motivated individuals with established skill sets who find their professional development and idealistic inclination at the proverbial “fork in the road.” The ideal candidates would have extensive ceramic experience as well as design & fabrication skill with a broad range of media—supported by experience in non-profit management and strategic planning.
Partners—must have a consuming desire to enable and empower artisans to make a living with hand skills outside the main stream of contemporary life. Collaboration and communication skills are critically important—because making, without effective marketing and supportive infrastructure, will die on the vine. As the range of essential skills is daunting—it will almost certainly require more than one Partner to skillfully support the wide range of required tasks.
Remembering my precarious beginning—which was critically supported by generous encouragement—I am determined to find ways to offer partnerships to other passionate makers who may find themselves challenged to create functional financial circumstances to fuel their artisan hand craft ambitions. With the skillful planning of myself and my partner daughter Joanna and the generous encouragement of our enthusiastic community of supporters—I am confident we can create unique ways to help one another solve this challenge.
New blood, attitude, and fresh creative spark are essential to ensure the ideals and promise of this proposal are not still-born but intelligently conceived and organized to succeed.
To moderate the colossal negativity propagated daily—I believe it is essential to live and breathe one’s ideal. Given a tiny chance—idealism can encourage & support beautifully creative alternatives which will thrive and become powerful despite modest beginnings.
“I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.” Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
— Lewis Carroll — Through the Looking Glass