No Mistakes In Jazz

No Mistakes In Jazz was the title of my college capstone exhibition of functional ceramics. It referred to a quote that I’ve seen attributed to several different people, but which at any rate comes from – shockingly – the world of jazz. I’ve understood it to mean that mistakes cannot arise from an artist who is genuine and present. This body of work was an effort to put that idea into practice. Continue reading “No Mistakes In Jazz”

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First blog post

I’m not sure yet what expectations I have for this site, but I assume it’ll crystallize over time.

This is my first blog post, which I’ll inevitably look back on with immense embarrassment after either establishing a successful blog (and therefore improving my standards) or abandoning it completely (like I did with an Angelfire site back in the early 2000s when that was actually a thing). But I imagine everyone who semi-impulsively creates a blog has the same kind of post plaguing their history. I’m not sure yet what expectations I have for this site, but I assume it’ll crystallize over time. It’s not like I have any shortage of disconnected blog post-worthy thoughts.

I’m a year out of college at the moment, having earned a degree in studio art and followed the expected path of such graduates by working as a waiter. I’ll never do that again, for reasons numerous enough to fill a book, much less a blog post. So I’ll save that for later.

My art degree focused on functional ceramics, which you may recognize as not being terribly in demand at Microsoft or Amazon, two of the biggest employers in my home state. So I’m moving to Chicago shortly to explore my options in the Mighty Midwest. Also, approximately 100% of my graduating class moved to Chicago as alumni, and I went to college near enough that my professors have some connections, so it’s a solid professional decision. I hope.

At any rate, I’ve spent the year since graduation making leather goods, trying to get back into ceramics, playing guitar, building a lyre, and despising employment in the service industry. My interests are varied – a blessing and a curse – so I suppose I’ll be using this blog at least in part to document some of those interdisciplinary ventures, as well as some thoughts on art and artistic things, as my professors pushed me to consider and reconsider relentlessly. I hope this site will be of some interest to other folks, but if not, it may just go the way of Angelfire.