Tuesday, April 15, 2008

World Made by Hand


Mr. Lear just read World Made by Hand by James Kunstler, and so I have it second-hand, but the story has changed me. It's about the end of fossil fuel, set in a future blown back to pre-industrial times.

In my own "made by hand" experiment, I used the kick wheel at the studio yesterday. On the electric wheel, my potting is slapstick and fast. On the foot-powered wheel, it is lumbering and thoughtful. On the electric wheel, my bowls are shaped against the power of the motor, and on the kick wheel it is just me. Making things by hand, powered by my body and using my head changes me. I need to do this more.

5 comments:

Kate said...

I admire anyone who can get a consistent rhythm on a kick wheel! Bravo!

Kate said...

I love kick wheels. I had one. I miss it. Alas it was too large and heavy to ever move anywhere... no less Paris or here. sigh. Thanks for the memory of throwing.

heather t said...

Oh! I'm reading that, too! If I sneak out to my car in my PJs to get it, I can probably finish it tonight.

Cristina said...

Now you're ready for Dear Jane. Carpe diem (and a thimble).

tina said...

I love to read and actually have that book on the shelf. I am afraid to be honest with you that it will be a bit depressing.... that it might send me tuckus over teacups on my recent mission not to be so down in the dumps.

What do you think..... read it or keep it on the shelf?