Leaving the bucolic idyll of North Lands, I’m back in London for one drizzly Turner-esque day, a climactic decompression chamber in which to re-orient myself to the less romantic side of Bullseye, before I fly home to the daily challenges of a small business, its piffling aggravations and less than dreamy realities.
An overcast boat ride between the Tate galleries seemed an appropriately lugubrious place to reflect on a variety of attitudes I find particularly annoying in Bullseye’s marketplace.
When I was first thinking about writing this blog, I looked at a few others that seemed pretty popular. I came upon one called “Three Beautiful Things” in which the blogger regularly noted three cheery little observations every day that enriched her life. It’s a really swell exercise. I struggled to play along for my first few days in the UK:
1. Shower pressure stronger than a leaky faucet.
2. Internet access that doesn’t cost $6 per hour.
3.An umbrella that doesn’t blow into the gutter like a dead bat carcass 30 seconds after it’s opened.
It occurred to me pretty quickly that my lists weren’t made up of beautiful things at all. They were just notations on the absence of niggling irritants. So maybe I should just bite the bullet and deal with my crap head-on rather than looking for a vision of the Virgin Mary in a pot-melt.
So, here we go. Hang on. In the next few entries, or for however long it takes, I’m going to tackle some of the more un-beautiful beasts that have charged into our arena in recent years. Call them what you will. I suppose they qualify as Pet Peeves. Whatever you call them, I’d love to hear opinions, pro and con, on these topics:
1. Dealers who think that Bullseye’s Resource Center is the Antichrist of glass commerce and is destroying our industry’s sacrosanct “3-tiered distribution system”.
2. Individuals and organizations who characterize Bullseye and specifically its Gallery wing as a band of elitist snobs who don’t care about beginners or hobbyists in the field of studio glass.
3. Kilnforming as an activity that can be wrapped up in an E-Z package and sold to the masses as an idiot-proof playground populated by kiln-programming dogs and creepy green hand-puppets.
I’ve got plenty of thoughts on this stuff. I’ll try to be as irritating as I can in discussing them.
Waking up to a sunless Portland. Studies have shown that bloggers deprived of sunlight on multiple continents simultaneously are prone to encouraging argumentative comments on their websites.
I hope that anyone else with experience and opinion on these topics will join in. That’s what the comments section of this blog is for – it’s an opportunity for debate and for the understanding that can grow from publicly airing all sides of a controversy. Or maybe it’s just for poking the bear.
Next: Bullseye’s Resource Center – answer or anathema?