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The Potters Shop - www.thepottersshop.com
Brackers Good Earth Clays - www.brackers.com
Sheffield Pottery - www.sheffield-pottery.com
MKM Tools - www.mkmpotterytools.com
The Ceramic Shop - www.theceramicshop.com
Clay Planet - http://shop.clay-planet.com
Mid South Ceramics - www.midsouthceramics.com
Bailey Pottery - https://www.baileypottery.com
Tucker's Pottery - www.tuckerspottery.com
Here is a little more information about the Swansong project:
Robin Hopper has made his mark on the world. He is an internationally known potter, teacher, author, garden designer and arts activist. He has taught throughout the world and his ceramic work is in public, corporate and private collections internationally. He was the first recipient of the Bronfman Award, Canada’s most prestigious annual award in the crafts. He is an honorary member of NCECA (National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts). His books and videos on ceramics are resources and used as texts in private studios and college campuses around the world. He is the Founding President Emeritus of the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Next to ceramics, good living, family and travel, his other life-long passion is gardening, particularly the research into and love of Oriental gardens. His “Anglojapanadian Garden" at ’Chosin Pottery has been featured in books, several television programs and many magazines.
In addition to being well known and well loved for bringing and sharing his knowledge of ceramics and gardening, Robin is renowned for his storytelling, acting abilities, sense of humor and his ability to make almost anything a musical instrument. Have you heard him on a teapot?
Robin was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer several months ago. Robin wants his last life project to make a difference in the lives of children. He wants to produce a video whose proceeds will be used to benefit two special causes – research and treatment into pediatric cancer, and arts programming for school-aged youth.
This last project of Robin’s will be “Swansong” – a video (approximately two hours) that will be a compilation of stories, music and images from his amazing and vibrant life. A life that started with a unique childhood in war-torn London during World War II. A life that, in addition to all of the accomplishments listed above, has included careers as an actor and a travel guide and that has involved meeting and working with a number of famous actors and musicians including the Beatles. A life that has been shared with two wives (not at the same time), three children, two stepchildren and a multitude of grandchildren. A life well lived!
This DVD will celebrate that life and will be Robin’s Swansong. It is a video that he hopes will be enjoyed by all who have known him and that will continue to be enjoyed even after, in his words, he has made “an ash of himself!” Your support of this project will mean that a minimum of 75% raised from video sales will go directly to charity instead of administrative and production costs. This project will support two charities – the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (pediatric cancer) and the BC Arts Council (arts programs for youth). All contributions exceeding the amount needed for the video production will go directly to the charities. No individual associated with the production of Swansong will benefit from your contribution.
Thank you for supporting this project and helping to create a legacy!
The following venues will have DVD's in stock or available to order:
-Brackers Good Earth Clays
-Sheffield Pottery Supply
-Mid South Clay
On behalf of Robin and the Swansong crew, thank you for your support of this project and the causes that it will be supporting! We hope that you enjoy the DVD!
Robin Hopper literally wrote "the book(s)" on ceramics and produced videos from which I learned to throw and decorate. From his artful pottery to beautiful gardens, his aesthetic and sense of humor has inspired so many, including me! I'm a huge fan and feel so lucky to have met him and to own one of his teapots and goblets. He was honored at NCECA in 2011, and his presentation rocked. I'm delighted to support a video of his adventuresome, courageous and meaningful life.