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I am sending an interesting message from a potter named Mel Jacobson, with his permission. His idea applies to any of the fired arts.


Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P. 2011 South Town East Blvd. Mesquite, TX 75149-1122 972-288-7557 / 800-876-4328 Fax: 972-222-0646 /


One of the great things about being a potter is your work will last forever.

When you want to save some of your pots for the future, why not drop one in a lake or pond. Just sink it deep. Sometimes I drop one way back in our woods. I have dropped some in our big Lake Minnetonka near our home. Always pick good ones.

They just sit there and wait for someone to find them...maybe five hundred years from now.

On a few occasions I have had people over for New Years, have had them write notes to the future on clay tiles, or they can make their own shapes. Fire to cone 10. Then I drop them into ice holes on Lake Minnetonka.

We are lucky as potters. Our work will last and last. I often tell folks that every pot ever made still exists..just some times in small pieces.

It is good to remind new students that those donut pots, heavy as a boat anchor, will last thousands of years, with their name on the bottom. Better to put them in the water scrap barrel. They do not want that sort of fame. Keep things that you are proud of. Save them for your grandkids. I have done that. Save a few each year...pack them away.

I know for a fact that Warren MacKenzie has stacks of great pots in his basement in cardboard boxes saved for his children. The best of the best. I admire that thinking.

Anthropologists will need material a thousand years from now. Most everything else will be gone forever. So, add to the loop.

Mel Jacobson Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.A.

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