PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF,

I’M A MAN OF CLAY AND GLAZE

PUSHED MUD AROUND FOR SEVENTY YEARS

OR TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DAYS.

Robin Hopper is a man of many parts, mostly worn out, rusty or dysfunctional, due to a lifetime of excesses! He started working with clay at the age of three and is still doing it over 70 years later. His lengthy, peripatetic career as a mudpusher has included side trips into working as a Professional Actor, Stage Designer, Property Maker, Stage Manager, Stage Carpenter, Grocer, Greengrocer, Jazz Musician, Teapot, Wine and Beer-Bottle, Trumpet, Trombone and Bugle Player, European Travel Guide, Founder of Several Clay/Art/Craft Organizations, Alchemist, Geologist, Primatologist, Linguist, Ornithologist, Botanist, Ceramic Historian, Educator, Author, Garden Designer, Lecturer on Japanese Garden Design, Laborer and Star of Stage, Screen and Potter’s Wheel!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HI THERE, WELCOME BACK TO MY NEWSPAPER BLOG. TODAY’S EDITION IS ABOUT THE SCIENCES OF GENEALOGY AND HERIDITY, THE STORY OF FAMILY LIFE AND USES MY EARLY LIFE FOR EXAMPLES.








I WAS BORN A TWIN  IN SOUTH LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1939, SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE START OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. WE WERE THE YOUNGEST IN A FAMILY OF FIVE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS.  MY TWIN SISTER’S NAME WAS AVRIL .  WE SPENT MANY HAPPY MONTHS TOGETHER IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB AS WE DEVELOPED FROM EGG AND SPERM THROUGH EMBRYO AND FOETUS, UNTIL WE WERE THRUST FROM THE WARM COCOON INTO THE COLD HARD REALITY OF THE REAL WORLD. UNFORTUNATELY, AVRIL DIED TEN DAYS LATER FROM SOME INTERNAL PROBLEM.  I BELIEVE SHE PASSED HER ENERGY ON TO ME. THIS WAS THE FIRST DEVASTATING LOSS IN MY LIFE AT THE TENDER AGE OF TEN DAYS. I THINK OF HER OFTEN.







FLOWERS FOR A DEAD PRINCESS.


THE DECLARATION OF WAR WITH GERMANY WAS MADE ON SEPTENBER 3RD, 1939. AFTER GERMAN TROOPS ENTERED POLAND.  WITHIN FOUR DAYS OF THIS DECLARATION, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUT INTO ACTION A PLAN TO SHIP ALL CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS  OF AGE TO BILLETING  FAMILIES ALL OVER ENGLAND AND TO COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES SUCH AS CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. IT WAS KNOWN AS THE GREAT EVACUATION. 




LEAVING FOR WHO  KNOWS WHERE!



COLLATERAL DAMAGE

 
IMPROVED BALLISTICSS  GERMAN V2 ROCKET  READY TO COMMIT CARNAGE






IT WASN’T GREAT FOR A HUGE VOLUME OF THE PARTICIPANTS, MANY OF WHOM SUFFERED GREATLY FROM ALL MANNER OF EVIL FROM BEATING TO MOLESTATION AND MASSIVE SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE.  THEY COULDN’T PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING THEM. MY TWO OLDEST BROTHERS WERE OVER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN, SO JOINED THE WORK FORCE. MY REMAINING SISTER AND TWO BROTHERS WERE SHIPPED OUT TO THREE DIFFERENT FAMILIES IN THREE DIFFERENT CITIES IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND.  IN FOUR DAYS, THREE AND A HALF MILLION KIDS WERE EVACUATED TO PLACES THAT WERE SUPPOSED BE OUT OF ENEMY BOMBING RANGE.  IN A VERY SHORT WHILE GERMAN BALLISTICS DEVELOPMENT MADE THEM ALL VULNERABLE.  I CONTRACTED CHICKEN POX THE DAY BEFORE AND WASN’T ALLOWED TO GO AND THE AUTHORITIES WOULDN’T ALLOW ME TO BE SENT ON LATER BECAUSE OF MY AGE. I DIDN’T SEE MY SIBLINGS FOR OVER TWO YEARS. I STAYED WITH MY MOTHER WHO WAS RUNNING THE FAMILY BUSINESS AS MY FATHER WAS AWAY AT THE WAR EFFORT.  I SPENT FIVE AND A HALF YEARS DODGING BOMBS ON A DAILY BASIS.  THIS MADE ME INTO THE ULTIMATE SURVIVOR, A GREAT THING FOR SOMEONE IN THE ART!  LONDON IS ALL BUILT ON A HUGE SEAM OF BLUE CLAY. WHEN THE BOMBS CAME DOWN THE CLAY CAME UP IN GREAT CRATERS – FREE ART MATERIALS FOR LIFE THANKS TO ADOLF HITLER!!



THREE YEARS OLD IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR JUST STARTING TO WORK WITH CLAY


AT THE AGE OF THREE, I STARTED MY 70 YEAR LIFE IN CLAY. MODELLING ANIMALS AND MAKING VASES THAT I USED TO FIRE IN MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN STOVE.  I HAD A NATURAL TALENT IN ART AND AN INQUISITIVE MIND., ALWAYS TRYING NEW THINGS.  I FOUND A COMMERCIAL PRODUCT CALLED BARBOLA PASTE, A  SELF-HARDENING MODELLING MATERIAL THAT I COULD USE FOR MAKING JEWELERY,  AT THE AGE OF SEVEN I STARTED MY FIRST BUSINESS, MAKING JEWELRY AND SELLING IT TO CLIENTS IN THE MANY HAIRDRESSERS STORES  OF THE NEIGHBOR HOOD.  I ALSO BECAME AN AVID CERAMIC RESEARCCHER TO FIND OUT WAT ELSE IS OUT THERE THAT I CAN USE.  I STILL DO IT.  MY MOST RECENT GREAT FIND HAS BEEN  WITH A NEW HIGH TECH PODUCT INITIALLY FOR THE NASA SPACE EXPLORATION AS WELL AS PERFORMING THE ROLE OF COMPUTER CARDS. THE MATERIAL IS A BEAUTIFUL THIN PORCELAIN-LIKE  PRODUCT WHICH WE CALL PORCELAIN CANVAS SUBSTRATE.  IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT, YOU CAN CLICK ON THE LINK   CERAMICARTCART.COM  . LAST JANUARY I WROTE AN ARTICLE  ABOUT USING IT FOR CERAMICS MONTHLY MAGAZINE WHICH IS ON THAT WEBSITE.


ROBIN AT SEVEN WITH BOBBY.  ARTIST, MISFIT AND BUSINESS BOY

BOBBY WAS  LATER POISONED BY THIEVES WHO BROKE INTO MY PARENTS’ GROCERY STORE.    MY SECOND IMMEASURABLE LOSS













HERE TWO IMAGES OF GLAZE PAINTINGS BY ME USING PORCELAIN CANVAS SUBSTRATES , AND A CRYSTAL PAINTING BY JAMIE










  
I’M TIRED NOW SO I HAVE TO GET SOME REST.

SEE YOU TOMORROW, WHEN I MOVE INTO THE MAGICAL AGE OF PUBERTY.




 


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