I hope you guys are working on these things (shop names, statements, images etc.). If you are, why not put what you have on the blog to get some feedback?
OK, so here is my first run at my bio statement:
"As an artist who is serious enough about clay to have gone to grad school, earned an MFA, and who continues to share his passion for the art by teaching others, I am committed to craftsmanship and well executed artistry. But I don't just make pots because it is a job I have trained for. I enjoy being creative and working with clay, and hopefully this is evident in my work. If I was independently wealthy I would still make pots but give them away to people who I know would appreciate them. And as one of my instructors, the great potter Ron Meyers, is able to show in his own work, striving to make the best pots possible doesn't necessarily mean making sober ultra serious work. It can also mean that the pots have a casual, unpretentious and playful character. I like to think of my work as "top notch crockery" because on the one hand my pots are good pots, but on the other hand I don't take myself or my work so seriously that I can't have fun at my own expense. When I am teaching others I make the point that the most important thing they can do with clay is have fun. A foundation of good skills and craftsmanship is an open door to the experimentation and creative inspiration that makes working with clay so enjoyable. So how would I describe myself as an artist? Seriously casual, dedicatedly loose, strictly unpremeditated, and above all committed to experimentation. And the pots that result from this confluence of contrariness? One of a kind eclectic functional pots that show the hand of the maker in the process of their production. Strong rib marks, finger impressions where the pot was picked up, distortions and manipulations that take the pot out of perfect round, visible seams where attachments were joined, and glazes that respond to the strong character of the forms are some of the qualities that I enjoy. I hope you enjoy them as well!"
OK, so what do you think? I need your feedback, but how do you think some one who doesn't know me will respond? Will they even understand what I am trying to convey?