Good news, bad news.
Yesterday I had a definite confirmation from Ceramic Review magazine that they are publishing my article about the potter Jim Malone in their May/June issue.
This is fantastic news as our exhibition of Jim's pots starts on the last day in May.
Ceramic Review is a magazine with a worldwide circulation, and is certainly the most important magazine devoted to the art within the UK.
So, in theory this should really help to promote the exhibition.
The magazine had asked me if I would do the article as they knew that I had a special interest in Jim's work, but even so it was never a "done deal" as the editor [an author and potter himself] is notorious for being very scathing about work submitted.
Without a doubt my piece is very unusual and is not the sort of thing normally published in a collectors magazine where most writers swallow a dictionary before going to bed each night,
I think that I mentioned before that I agonized over the writing of the article.
It was so important to me I just couldn't write.
As a result it was a very personal piece about the man, not his techniques, clays, glazes etc,etc,
which would be the norm, I just wrote about my feelings for the work and the man.
A very good friend [and potter] who I asked to read the article told me " it is very you, very personal, interesting, but it will never be published".
This didn't surprise me as it wasn't written for potters, but for people with emotions.
So it was with great surprise that I received the news
"the editor loves it and it is going in the May issue".
I was really pleased as we are committing so much to this exhibition, in every aspect.
If after the opening the gallery closed I would have felt that
I had achieved 'one' thing in my life.
Just one big problem, the magazine wants lots of pictures to go with the article,
Although I had photographed lots of Jim's pots the pictures were taken outside his house
on a very cold winters day, late in the evening, with poor light.
As such they weren't really any good.
I called around a few people who I knew had some good professional photographs of his
pots, asking could I use the images [giving them full credit] for the article.
It was funny, almost like being back working in industry.
No, was the general reply [with lots of excuses].
Obviously, although I have my own doubts others think the exhibition may be a success.
So I have spent most of the last two days playing on 'photoshop',
creating backgrounds and trying to make my photographs
acceptable for a magazine to print.
With the results I'm just not sure,
"I can't see the wood for the trees", as they say.
So any comments from you people out there would be really appreciated, good and bad.
I'm a grown boy and I can handle bad news,
although I might sulk for an hour or two afterwards
[A week or two, more like. I can imagine Irene thinking].
Here are half of them, starting with the full page advertisement that I have taken
to go with the article.
Hhmmmmm! I'm just thinking good thing Jim Malone doesn't have a computer.