Worry of the day.

What is a day in the life of a Hannah if it doesn’t have a worry or three in there? I am nothing if not a very good worrier. Today’s is one that I have on a relatively regular basis, and is that essentially what I do for a living is very very selfish. I do something that I love doing, and make things that are not essential items, they are luxury items for most people. I don’t help save lives, I don’t put criminals in jail, I don’t help save the world. I mean I do other stuff too, I don’t just make pots but listening to the news about the humanitarian crisis for the people of the Congo, the baby that was abused and eventually died as a result, of the people who are losing jobs and struggling to keep a roof over their families heads it just makes me think. I sometimes wonder if I should retrain, maybe a paramedic or police woman or social worker. People tell me my pots give them a lot of pleasure, and of course the world needs things that make us enjoy it more of course it does, but that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes worry and feel a bit bad about it.
There you go, Hannah’s worry of the day.

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11 Responses to Worry of the day.

  1. With talent like yours it would be selfish if you didn’t make pots! Hey, better doing something you love and doing it well than doing something half arsed and hating it, beleive me! Don’t worry there’s enough folk in this world to fill all those other jobs!

  2. Kip says:

    I agree with Matt – if anything there is a shortage of people in this world who have the opportunity to do things they truly enjoy. Your happiness in life radiates beyond you and impacts other people through your pots and your attitude. Keep it up!

  3. potterboy says:

    I give you a literalistic slap round the face! (albeit a very gentle one.)Snap out of it.What would the world be like if we didn’t have art or craft. No pots, or lovely bits of glass, or balls made of willow, or baskets, or someone to cook nicely for us, or make beer, or lovely girls in cuba rolling our cigars for us on their thighs… alright, maybe not the last one, but you see where I’m going.If I didn’t have your big platter to stare and go ‘OOoooh’ at, or that lovely jug on the window sill, who knows what damage I might be doing right now on the streets of Downham Market. See – you’re already doing good and you never even knew it.

  4. ajsimmons says:

    Hannah, even doing one of the those ‘life saving’ jobs dosen’t make you stop worrying about all those problems in the world (and to be totally honest those jobs from my experience bring many of their own problems too). Totally agree with Matt…..you’re more useful for the world in general doing something you love.I also go through those worries, probably even more so because I left one of those jobs to work with glass. I feel more connected to the world now because i’m following the tradition of artisans which have existed since human life began than i ever did ‘saving lives’…..thanks for sharing though, totally valid worry A x

  5. Ron says:

    Well said everyone and I agree! You and your work are certainly a gift to many people Hannah.Now Andrew…about these cigar makers….

  6. ang says:

    andrew of course is dreaming again… nice thought H, I’m sure you do ya bit…you could always do one of those empty bowl events, I’ve been thinking about how to set one of those in motion here….then it’s full circle.

  7. potterboy says:

    Always dreaming, never doing, that’s me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I do think making pots is essential. Think of how the coming together of family and friends is enriched by the use of handmade ware and hopefully homemade food. Of the community it helps foster through potter friends in the flesh and those like me that are online participants in your life in some way. That is one of the reasons I make functional pieces that I hope will be used. Creating handmade items (pots, quilts, etc.) of any kind provides the user/owner with a touch of history and the reality of real living as compared to the use of mass produced, inferior goods that we easily become indifferent towards.

  9. Hannah says:

    Thank you all, I wasn’t planning on hanging up my apron and my wire just yet but it’s just something that I think about like I said relatively often. Maybe it was triggered a bit by speaking to Hugh the other day too, the chap that has worked with Alan for the last twenty years, just made me think a bit. It was good to speak to him though.

  10. Big Al says:

    I think you should retrain. Stop doing pots all together. Be a nurse or paramedic. Get burned out, look around for something to help you cope and remind you why you do this and nothing is there. No one is doing anything to remind us that as human’s we can be creative, caring, thoughtful and loving. No one is reminding people that as humans we have good traits, too.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It can be very tricky when news items are distressing and caring people have their conscience pricked. In many ways we are astounded how human beings still mistreat each other and the lack of government or parental intervention. As a parent we all need to be responsible for our children and not foist the responsibility on others – this is the foundation for the future. Society has changed a great deal over the last decade – expectations are high, inevitably there are more tragic stories and the media are even more anxious to bring these to our attention 24 hrs a day!!Life would be extremely dull without paintings, literature, plays, books and of course beautiful, beautiful pots from Hannah – but we can still have a social conscience and make comments.We will however encourage you to retrain as a paramedic or police woman or social worker should we suddenly find you are the owner of a high street chain named ‘Pots-r-us’!!Finally, Hannah’s work will be enjoyed for many generations to come and no doubt will be exhibited in the National Museum of Scotland, a modern day rival for Thomas Toft.

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