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!

Friday, May 11, 2012


FRIDAY, 11TH MAY, 2012



Almost everything that I've covered in the 64 previous postings on this blog since New Year's Eve 2011 has something to do with Art and Design in one form or other. For me, the search for the essence of art, expression and life has been a constant daily endeavor. The processing of ideas has led me to Things, Thoughts and Places that have continued to influence me over the years.

I've found that the process of doing the blog is both energizing in the way that it makes me think and extremely tiring in the amount of research needed to say what I needed to say.

Unfortunately, the ongoing and still undiagnosed health problem that I have had for nearly fourteen months has been wearing me down greatly with non-stop headaches  now for  34  weeks in a row. I will be having a Catscan next week and an MRI next month.  I will try to do new blogs as and when I can find adequate energy to do them.  They take a lot of work and thought.

One thing that is particularly frustrating is the lack of feedback from my readers. If I felt that I was operating a valuable service that was being used and beneficial, it would give me a lot more energy to do more. I'm  a going to take a week or two off for rest, relaxation and recharging my personal batteries.  


Best wishes,  Robin


  1. Being a retired activity director, and finally having time to make pottery to my heart's content, I don't have much to comment upon except I have greatly enjoyed your blogs. There was education, laughter, empathy, and just a sense of sharing this space and time together. I do hope you get to the cause of your health issues, and can resolve them easily. Thanks for sharing with me.

  2. Hey, Sir Hopper; I have been so very busy. I think of you daily and sadly the day has flown by, without my sending you a note. Your blog reminds me of the information that I have not pulled to the front of my brain in awhile. I thank you for doing so. Hugs.

  3. Thank-you for taking the time and energy to post so much information. Now I have your history, thoughts, and ideas a click away.

    I hope the head ache problem gets solved. Chronic, undiagnosed pain is the very worst!

    I have particularly enjoyed your postings about your gardens. After many years Proge (son) and I are starting to do more with our land. We live in Southern New England so our feeling is that we want to stay with more or less native plants. I do have some tropicals but they are in pots. (I can't stay away from jasmine and passion flower!) With eleven acres, mostly second growth forest beech and oak, we have a lot of space to play with.

    I was amused to see the evolution of your nickname. I have used.....we'll see, grasshopper, we'll see.... for years. It comes from the old Kung-Fu tv series.

    I hope you will find the wherewithal to continue at least occasional posts, but......we'll see, Grasshopper, we'll see

  4. Robin.. I just recently 'found' your blog and now sad to see that you are not feeling healthy and 'spry'. You have much to share still. The same as MANY who read this blog I took a glazing course from you at Red Deer Collage a few 'years back' :).. I wish you speed in solving this health problem.
    Take care.
    Trish from Alberta

  5. I came to your blog after seeing a friend's post on Facebook that you were not feeling well and I wish I had known sooner that you had a blog. I'm excited now to start at the beginning and read through it. I have all your books and refer to them so often that they never get put back onto the shelf, but stay near my wheel and glazing table and are quite covered in fingerprints of all sorts of clay and glaze. The way it should be, I think.

    As a beginning potter a few years back, I attended the Alabama Clay Conference in Huntsville AL where you were one of the presenters. I cannot tell you how much you influenced me to continue practicing and to be aware of the blending of aesthetics and functionality.

    I pray that you soon find the cause of your pain and that it can be dealt with swiftly. I know you have many, many good thoughts coming your way from those who follow your work and life. I so hope you soon are well enough to continue your blog, but I know from working with mine that they are very time-consuming and it often appears that you are only talking to yourself. I'm always amazed, though, at how many people remark that they enjoyed a particular post or some such when there was no sign to me that anyone had even looked at it. Such is blogland.

    Wishing you well and sending prayers for your recovery.

    Crooked Creek Studio
    McCalla AL

  6. Enjoy the rest and I hope the headache issue is resolved soon. I gave up refined sugar and discovered it solved my migraine issue (much to my surprise and dismay!!). Thought I'd test the theory this weekend and had a piece of cake...yup, migraine the next day.

    Best wishes~

  7. I treasure your tidbits of insight and wisdom. Keep it up! I have you in my google reader subscriptions and read every word.

  8. Your blog is one of the most interesting and educational ones out there. Actually, I don't think there is an another blog written this way by any other ceramic artist and I subscribe to hundreds of them.

    What makes it unique is your multi-faceted experience as an artist, writer, and teacher. I make it a point to read every posting and share the link on Twitter.


  9. Dear Robin,
    Your blog is so important to me! I learn something from each of your postings!
    I am so sad to hear about your illness. I hope that your tests will provide your physicians with the data to provide you releif. I suffered from migraine headaches for over 15 years so I truly understand.
    I had the pleasure of participating in your workshop in Atlanta, Ga in 2000 and it was one of those moments in life that inspire you for a long time to come.
    Please continue your blog! I pray for your well being.