It’s great to share good news, but what about the bad? What does ‘bad’ really mean anyway? We all need to work this out for ourselves. People often comment on my work and I welcome the feedback. Even when the message isn’t a ringing endorsement. There is a danger in trying to please too many … who wants to be the IKEA of silver?!
Here’s Anon’s email, enjoy!
Dear Mr. Clarke,
I’ve been looking at your work for some time now and I continue to find it both appalling and bizarre that it has been allowed into some of the most renowned galleries and silver collections in the world. Is this intended to be some sort of joke?
All you seem to be able to do is take the work of other, much more highly skilled makers than yourself and then mutilate it with obscure, unnecessary additions. What a waste of silver! As if that wasn’t bad enough, upon closer inspection and with further research, it’s become apparent that you actually contaminate your silver using lead? Do you even understand how wasteful this is? Silver is a precious, pure and beautiful material as it is.
It is ‘makers’ like yourself who pollute the good name of many contemporary silversmiths coming up with interesting, functional designs as well as beautiful sculptural pieces. I simply do not understand how you can be making any money from what you’re doing, though I understand that you are employed as an educator as well, and I suspect that this is your sole source of income.
May you either stop making altogether or start making real silverware.