V2 N2 WINTER 73/74
"12 Potters from Detroit" are highlighted in this issue. I would like to say a lot more about some of these folks who I happen to have met in person during my time (2004-2007) in the Detroit area. I can't squeeze it in this post, so I've provided some links for your perusal.
John and Suzanne Stephenson
J. T. Abernathy
At the end of this issue, some fan letters were published including one that called for potters' birth dates in order to conduct an astrological study. I have doubts about that ever having come to fruition.
V3 N1 SUMMER 74
Ben Owen, Joe Owen, Jugtown Pottery and M.L. Owen
Julie and Tyrone Larson
The Cole's Pottery
Dorothy and Walter Auman
On heavy stock paper in that quintessential seventies olive drab, SP printed an entire section dedicated to alternative firing methods and fuels including a proposal for methane gas firing and solar powered firing. Paul Soldner wrote the introduction in a style balanced with humor and sincerity that I admire. He begins by telling a story of an encounter with a safety inspector at Scripps College, where he was teaching at the time, in which he is amused by the inspector pointing at a firing kiln, gasping, "There are flames coming out of that!" The inspector later returns "with the power of a stack of OSHA regulations and the voice of DOOM". Soldner dryly states, "Today he his no longer amusing." The rest of the introduction is meaningful and concise about the future of energy consumption and looming changes afoot in the last decades of the twentieth century. However, this little intro is not void of the broad, sweeping spirit of the American maker; he states, "I am optimistic enough to think that art and artists will always continue to find the ways and means to survive."
I would rather flourish, but I'll take survive for the moment.
A bit of a strange compilation of images and writings appear at the end of this issue by Barbara Tiso, including this image on page 72:
Next up: SP V3 N2 and V4 N1. Including:
West Coast Bound: 25 California Potters