Will McCanless | Episode 207
Will McCanless is a second generation potter from Seagrove, NC. Will has been very fortunate to have been exposed from an early age to some of the best potters in the country while living and training in Seagrove, NC. Will’s training has primarily been on an apprenticeship basis early in life with his parents, which was then followed by lots of informal travel and exposure related to all things clay. Will does a variety of styles and he is striving always to evolve.
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As a maker, do you find that what the public wants determines what you will make?
Yes, absolutely. Certainly for the position I am in. I started my business with big overhead so the majority of my time will be making things that will provide an income. It is very, very important to always experiment realizing that you always need new products.
Catering to market desires, is that a sell-out for a potter/artist?
I think to some it is. It is hard to define exactly what an artist is. As artists we definitely admire the artists that aren’t bound by economics. They don’t have anything impeding them from expressing themselves exactly they want to express themselves.
How do you market your work?
I have set up two galleries that have great locations. Here is Seagrove it is such a famous place that when we do market we essentially marketing for other potters too. We share with others and we share the same customers. Workshops, shows, galleries, magazine exposure, that sort of thing, we buddy up with those in our genre and marketing comes to us and we share it with folks that do a business similar to ours.
How do you keep yourself open to opportunities?
I’ve never been lacking in opportunities. It just happens automatically here.
What do you do when you are having a bad day?
I pause. I take a moment and think. I’ve got people I talk to. When you are having a bad day I think the worst thing to do is isolate. I think to the extent we can reach out to somebody, people we trust,they can give us perspective that we may not have.
If your work were to be considered music, what style of music would your work be?
It would be glam rock from the late 80s. Def Leopard.
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