In re: Jim Binnions' Response,
I like your level headed response to the issue of "Informal survey of
metalsmiths" The dichotomy separating idealists and realists is
inherent in your experience.. Younger , inexperienced idealists
oversimplify their dreams by thinking that they can build better
mousetraps and that they mgiht have some magical ability that will
exempt them from dealing with reality. Not so ! Reality is paying the
rent, buying food and nurturing the baby that you hadn't planned. The
Walt Disney version of reality won't hack it ! Business is all about
survival.....you might liken it to i-n-f-r-a-s-t-r-u-c-t--u-r-e. It
is the skeleton that supports the body. It is the mechanism that
On the other hand....business does not mean that you have to be a
money grubbing parasite. It is simply the mechanism that you must
use to remain viable and functional....it is a means to an end.
Without it you will not succeed. You are not in business to sell
business; you ARE in business to sell product !
Business is crass......it is boring......it is tedious.....it is
also vital and necessary! (No, I am not talking about sewage systems)
I am simply stating the obvious.....nothing is free !
Ron MIlls , Mills Gem Co, Los Osos, Ca.