When I meet someone new, the inevitable "What do you do?" question pops up. Usually, I choose some occupation I've done before: boat builder, furniture maker, farmer, etc. People used to greet each other with the phrase "How do you do?" I like this question much more.
Our buying and selling economy requires its members to be able to quickly sum up their contribution with one or two words. I guess this is so new acquaintances can feel comfortable with each other quickly. I get that. My take is that very few great things happen quickly, so let's not rush into categorizations.
I try to make things from a holistic perspective - from how the materials are selected, gathered and used, to how to mimize waste, to how the piece fits into the larger picture of a situation or setting. All made objects ought to have a great story behind them. In fact, most everything I make comes with a written description of how it came to be, what unique materials were used and how the ideas became objects. I don't enjoy production work, that is, making the exact same item repeatedly. I do prefer human scale work, as my tooling and shop are not set up for huge amounts of materials and objects coming and going regularly. I think I can make nearly anything with enough time and patience.
Please contact me if you would like to talk more about this process and are interested in having something made.