We began to read the rest of his blog, and enjoyed his writings about the art and craft of gaming. We found that some if his thoughts on gaming could be swapped with pottery making. This quote in particular caught our attention.
Quoted from "I am Jack's Smirking Revenge"
"Of course, lots of gamers will feel (and play) differently. There’s an almost sickeningly huge range of ways to approach practically every game that’s ever been made. But, inevitably, our relationships to these experiences change over time. Rules are learned; skills mastered. More often than not, the expressive joy of discovery hardens into an almost-ritual ceremony of performance. And then what? We stumble into brand new worlds, keen on finding ourselves all over again."
One can take the three words gamers, game and play, replacing them with potters, pot, and work. We now have a wonderful and eloquent paragraph about a studio potter's life.
We have not allowed ourselves to play video games or buy a PlayStation. We have focused our attention on ceramics with our minds in the studio 24/7. When we see what game designers have created these days, and watch family members play, we are amazed as well as tempted by the artistry. The complexity of animation of video games has jumped mountains, since I was a kid playing Breakaway on Atari. As for the art of playing video games, we will continue to read his writings and extrapolate from them, as metaphor, for our ceramic art.