PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF,

I’M A MAN OF CLAY AND GLAZE

PUSHED MUD AROUND FOR SEVENTY YEARS

OR TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DAYS.

Robin Hopper is a man of many parts, mostly worn out, rusty or dysfunctional, due to a lifetime of excesses! He started working with clay at the age of three and is still doing it over 70 years later. His lengthy, peripatetic career as a mudpusher has included side trips into working as a Professional Actor, Stage Designer, Property Maker, Stage Manager, Stage Carpenter, Grocer, Greengrocer, Jazz Musician, Teapot, Wine and Beer-Bottle, Trumpet, Trombone and Bugle Player, European Travel Guide, Founder of Several Clay/Art/Craft Organizations, Alchemist, Geologist, Primatologist, Linguist, Ornithologist, Botanist, Ceramic Historian, Educator, Author, Garden Designer, Lecturer on Japanese Garden Design, Laborer and Star of Stage, Screen and Potter’s Wheel!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

INTO THE SUNSET!


HI, ALL MY READERS, 
WHEREVER YOU MAY BE,

THIS IS MY LAST BLOG. 



I'VE ENJOYED DOING THIS BLOG OVER THE LAST 22 MONTHS. IT GAVE ME A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT WHERE I'VE BEEN AND WHAT I'VE DONE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. IT HAS BEEN A REAL PLEASURE TO TRAVEL BACK THROUGH TIME, SHARING IDEAS ABOUT WORK, DESIGN, GARDENS, LIFE AND LIFESTYLE THAT HAS KEPT ME CHARGED
 UP FOR 70+ YEARS.


ALBIZIA Julibrissin "Summer Chocolate" 
Japanese Maple - ACER Palmatum "Osakazuki"

Mixed Hellebores, Hostas and Ferns 

Mixed Hellebores, Hostas and Ferns

THE MAIN SOURCES OF IDEAS IN MY WORK COME FROM GARDENS, CERAMIC HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE AND THE LANDSCAPE. 


JAPANESE BERBERIS 'Rosea'

CATALPA Bignonoides and COTONEASTER Cornubia

FUCHSIA Bridal Veil
HYDRANGEA


A WALK OUT OF ANY DOOR FROM MY HOUSE AND STUDIO IS A GIFT TO THE SENSES, DESIGNED TO AWAKEN AND STIMULATE CREATIVE THOUGHT. THE GARDEN IS A 36 YEAR WORK IN PROGRESS. WHEN BARREN OF IDEAS, ANY WALK RESULTS IN A FLOOD OF IMAGES, COLORS  AND FORMS, ALWAYS CHANGING WITH THE SEASONS, TIME OF DAY AND QUALITY OF LIGHT. LOOK, SEE, SMELL AND THINK. 




JAPANESE MAPLES - CORALBARK AND TROMPENBERG

JAPANESE MAPLE - ACER Osakazuki


PANICUM VIRGATUM 'Skyracer'

MOST OF THIS IS FOUND JUST OUTSIDE MY STUDIO AS PART OF A LARGE GARDEN WHERE PLANT SELECTION WAS FOR FORM AND COLOR, AND COULD BE INTERPRETED WITH MANY POSSIBLE VARIATIONS OF CERAMIC PROCESS.

 I HOPE THAT THE IMAGES AND CONCEPTS PUT FORWARD IN THIS BLOG WILL CHALLENGE YOU IN LOOKING, SEEING AND COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL AND PERSONAL INTERPRETATIONS IN YOUR WORK.

THERE IS ENOUGH MATERIAL TO KEEP ME BUSY FOR SEVERAL LIFETIMES.



ROSA GLAUCA HIPS


EUONYMUS ALATA and GREEN BERBERIS

FALL COLOUR AROUND POND - 20 OCTOBER, 2013
IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO MAKE GLAZES THAT ALSO INCORPORATE PERFUME -  
ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE !




FALL COLOUR AROUND POND - 20 OCTOBER, 2013


CHRYSANTHEMUMS 


FALL COLOUR AROUND POND - 20 OCTOBER, 2013

UNFORTUNATELY, I HAVEN'T THE TIME OR ENERGY TO KEEP ON DOING THE BLOG, GARDEN, CORRESPONDENCE  AND OTHER THINGS AS WELL. 

WITH MY REMAINING ENERGY, I'M PLANNING TO WORK ON A NEW, UPDATED, SECOND EDITION
 OF MY FOURTH BOOK, 

 "MAKING MARKS"

THERE WILL BE MANY CHANGES REFLECTING RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, AS THE FIRST EDITION WAS WRITTEN TEN YEARS AGO. OBSERVATIONS OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING THEN AND DEVELOPMENTS SINCE, OPENS   MANY NEW DOORS FOR EXPLORATION. WITH LUCK, IT SHOULD BE PUBLISHED IN SUMMER 2015




  BYE,  AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES  



THIS BLOG WILL BE KEPT OPEN, JUST IN CASE I FIND TIME AND ENERGY AFTER THE BOOK IS COMPLETED.  



FOR FURTHER ONGOING INFORMATION, PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE:   www.chosinpottery.ca
































11 comments:

  1. Thanks ever so much for all you have given to the pottery world, love your pottery, pottery books and gardens and inspirations..

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  2. Robin, I'm sorry to see you put the blog to rest, but look forward to your update of your book. You continue to be an inspiration with everything you do. For that I am grateful to you. All the Best from your NC blogging brother!

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    1. Thanks Michael. I wish that I could visit you and your studio, but that is most unlikely. My medical people have made me a personal no-fly, no teach zone. Bummer! As you know, I really enjoy your work and the personal profile you have developed since the second edition of Functional Pottery. Keep up with the good work. Best wishes, Robin (GRASS)

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  3. Farewell, and thank you for your leadership and inspiration. As the seasons change, so our expressions change. I know I'll be seeing you again.

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  4. Thank you Robin for your ongoing wealth of information. Your garden is so beautiful. Thank you for those images. I was talking with a young painter today. She had to drop out of school with only one semester left. I told her what you told me, "You have the skills, get to work, keep your eyes open, and keep making." I look forward to your newest edition of "Making Marks". Hope to see you in March. Hugs to you and Judi.

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  5. Hi Cyndi, Depending on the school that your young friend is at, missing the final semester might well be the best thing for her. The final semester is usually brutal with pressure and is often the cause of many breakdowns and the development of severe depression. If she wants a degree, she has no option but to stay in school or go back to school later. If she wants to paint, Jump into it with full force and give all she has, developing and building on skills she already has. Best wishes, rh

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  6. Hi Robin;

    I gave her some goals for submitting work in the gallery and we will see where so goes with the project. She has talent. We will see. Best to you too. C.

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  7. Hi Robin
    Those garden photos are beautiful. We shall look for your writing in other formats, and look forward to it. Best wishes! Enjoy the glory of the garden and the clay the plants take root in :)

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  8. I hope you decide to come back and publish again. I will really miss this. I have enjoyed reading. Thanks for your thoughts and comments.

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  9. Hi JR, Are you of Dallas Fame? Many thanks for your message, RH (Grass)

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