Mokume Gane [Was Marrin]---YAK


I’m not a Gane person, but I read with interest your rapturous
reply about watching the “real” craftspersons. I used to feel
this way in my pottery days about Bernard Leach and Hamada and
Michael Cardew. However, there is a saying, “if you have a hero,
look again, you have diminished yourself in some way”. I think
we all admire the lifelong discipline required to acquire some of
the skills we see in master craftsmen. I remember the stories
about learning to throw pots in Japan — you throw 100 cups and
the master comes and looks and breaks 99. I, too, would like to
study with masters, but I think we can all become masters with
enough self discipline.

I remember with great pride my singing lessons in my twenties
— thought I would be an opera singer. For two years my lessons
consisted of nothing but exercises, mostly funny noises. It was
great training, any singing technique I have today I owe to that
foundation. If only I had studied four years on just those

A little Jewish boy with a violin case was walking down the
street in Brooklyn and stopped a distinguished old Jewish man and
asked, “how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The old man looked the
little boy and the violin case up and down and said, “ah, my son,
practice, practice, practice.”

Roy (Jess)

HI and thanks for straightening me out…your’re right…
Thanks and a happy holiday to you…Sometimes one forgets…