Bresnahan Residency Day 9

Jonah said, "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.  From the depths of my grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry."

In the morning I read a daily devotion with my breakfast based on Luther's writings and sermons.  Jonah 2:2 was the basis of today's devotion.  I've been writing the daily passage on sticky notes and placing them in my sketchbook.  Today's passage informed today's sculptural work.  The head I had been developing blindly, was transformed by the life of Jonah.  I worked out some imagery to allude to Jonah's journey and started work.  This was the most productive, satisfying, "in the zone" day I've experienced so far at the St. John's Pottery.

At lunch, Brandon Russell (apprentice) was feeling pretty beat up.  Wood splitting, wedging clay, and wheel work all require him to lean over his work.  He said his body was angry with him.  This led to further discussion on why people do this.  He said, "You have to love making pots to do this.  I don't know why someone would work all day, work all night, and work all weekend...unless you loved it."  I often find Brandon in the evening watching Youtube videos on potters and woodfire kilns.  He gets excited talking about the particulars of techniques and the struggles of mastery.  Brandon loves this and he's willing to work for it.  These apprentices are training for the eventuality of running their own pottery studios and building their own woodfire kilns.  This is a long, long way from a hobby.


Brandon Russell

Apprentice at St. John's Pottery. Former skateboard fanatic. Wordsmith. Obsessed with making great pottery.