Dec 6, 2012

Fuck it. Thoughts by Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler: Keep Other People’s Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process from 99U on Vimeo.

If you have read my blog you might have noticed my love for the successful creative who wears many hats. Obviously this has a lot to do with me trying to figure out my place in this creative world and my varied interests in so many mediums.

So If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate Jonathan Adler’s sentiments.

On Strategy:

“Strategy, you don’t need it.”

On making pottery:

“People have preconceived notions of what pottery is supposed to be. I just wanted to make whatever I wanted to make. Fuck it, I’ll make it.”

Advice for others:

“Anyone who is starting a job, starting a business, or approaching any creative project should have this attitude which is Fuck it, There’s nothing to Lose, nothing to gain.”

Of course he does eventually talk about his strategic approach but for the first years of creating, he kept this casual attitude to making pottery which he found very liberating. When he became more established, he branded his work as “Happy Chic” so he could then move out of just pottery and design anything he wanted for the home.

An inspiring talk for people who feel stuck in their work or afraid to jump the gun and create what they really want. Listen to Adler. Fuck it.


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