Notes From an Artist Lecture

As I was flipping through my notebook last week, I came across notes from a lecture by ceramic artist Doug Casebeer at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado on January 25, 2014.

Doug Casebeer

Doug Casebeer, Vessels. Image found without credit details on Northern Arizona University site.

There is so much wisdom here that I’ve decided to share them in their raw form. Enough time has passed since I first heard these words that I hope I am honoring Doug’s intent.

What The Artist Said

It’s difficult to wear the title artist. I prefer the title builder.

I seek to build community and friendships. This is the spirit of what the artist’s life is about.

When you have 150 artists going to the studio every day, stuff is going to happen.

The kiln is a social magnet.

When Takashi Nakazato was asked why he works every day, he responded: “I haven’t made the thing I want to see.”

Artists are always traveling in their minds, even when they just stay in the studio doing “nothing.”

Life doesn’t happen. You have to engage.

[similar to above] When you put people together in a room, things just happen.

It’s important to talk to children. The goal is to bond over a studio visit and learn civic respect for each other.

Things have come my way when I was ready to receive.

How does where you live inform your art?

Does any of this ring true for you? Is there something here that you’d like to hear more about?

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2 comments to Notes From an Artist Lecture

  • I love Nakazato’s answer to the question why he works every day. The point about being willing to receive also resonates with me. Where I live has a lot to do with my work since my work is about the place I live in. The funny thing is I didn’t like it at all when I moved here 10 years ago. Now I feel such a connection to the land, that I crave it when I’m away. An unexpected community connection invariably happens with children when I’m out on site painting. They’re so open and so curious that they don’t hesitate to approach.I love seeing a kid’s face light up when I put my brush in their hand and let them scoop up paint and feel the pull of moving it across the canvas.

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