A Career in Clay: Joel Cherrico ’10

A Career in Clay: Joel Cherrico ’10


It’s a very small part of art school to sell things and most
to them think it taints the work. I think it does, in a way, but for a potter it can be helpful parameters and it
can be an opportunity to create a type of work that achieves
both, beauty that can get you into grad school and national shows and sell. That’s extremely difficult. I’m kinda obsessed with
why. I mean, we could talk about process
and how the chemistry behind how these glazes mix and how the pot forms, but figuring
out a stable system making, especially a financially-stable system,
you have to think about the ‘why’. Why am I making this? Where’s it going? The most important thing is you keep
making your art and for me a way to do that is is by selling it as a small business. Well, I wanted to work, when I
started I worked 40 hours a week, when I started the business. That didn’t last very long. Right now it’s a lot of potential energy
that’s supported by 70, 60-hour weeks. It’s difficult. I think, I think it’s gonna pay off, though.

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