Did you know that DCW is run by a volunteer committee? Well, we are! We meet each week to oversee day-to-day planning in the workshop, and each contribute to DCW’s future and vision. We also have two technicians, an administrator and wonderful volunteers, plus a board of directors who help us get stuff done.
In a bid to shine a light on our gang, we’re going to share some Q&As with folks involved at the workshop. This week we’re talking to Tanith Marron – founding DCW member, Tin Roof director, strange cat magnet and spanner wielder among other things.
Firstly, tell us about yourself!
HAHAHAHA – Am I meant to know who I am yet?
My name is Tanith Pema Marron. I am some sort of maker, thinker, sharer, carer. I am still taking life one day at a time, y’know? I’m not sure where it’s going yet but I’m enjoying it all so far. I have no kids, no pets, no worries! Oh, but I do have approximately 10 billion house plants and they get all my extra love.
What’s your role within DCW?
I am a professional spanner operator, my tactic is to just throw that spanner into the works and see what happens.
I am a Director for Tin Roof and am a founding member of DCW. I also sit on the committee who organise the daily running of DCW.
What sort of work do you create in your professional practice/what’s your day job/career/vocation/calling?
My professional practice is gesture based, favouring action, thought, and intention over outcome. I’m not limited to any media, or any particular creative pathway. I would consider my involvement with self-organised arts a significant part of my professional practice, perhaps as much as any exhibitions I have held.
In my day job I work as an art handler/ install technician for museums and galleries, occasionally a bit of fabrication work too.. I love it more than any other job I’ve had, truly – DWANG LYF.
What is your experience of working in clay?
Oh my GOODNESS – it’s fun!
It’s morish, it’s sensual… and it has this incredibly strong and stubborn kind of fragility.
It’s ever so easy to drop things, or knock things, or accidentally send things flying off the wheel just as you get to that crucial point of near perfection!
(or maybe I’m just clumsy?)
It’s messy, that’s my experience of clay.. It’s awfy messy but in the bestest of ways – I love to revel in that mess! (before cleaning the workshop meticulously of course!)
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
It doesn’t matter, because ultimately it doesn’t matter.
And I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, but it does matter!”
You’re wrong, it really doesn’t matter.
If you think about it for a wee while you’ll see it really doesn’t matter. That’s not to say it’s not worth it, or valuable, or fun, or worrisome, or whatever it is.. but you still have to remember it just doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.
So, you may as well enjoy yourself.
Who are your role models? Who or what inspires and encourages you?
My guru is my mother, have you met her? She’s a superstar – TRU STORY – the most radiantly beautiful person I know, inside and out. I’m not the only one who says so. She’s the one who taught me everything, she gave me life, showed me love.. I mean, can you think of anyone better in the whole world? I can’t.
Eileen Longworth, it’s a name you should know.
Also Green Tara, that goddess is fierce.
What does DCW mean to you?
DCW means love and care, fun, freedom, community! … ah, and responsibility.
It means ambition, and hope. A wing, a prayer and a good strong wind and she’s flying higher than the sky! Soaring above any expectations you could ever have for her – DCW is (and always will be) her own entity, no matter my perception of her.
DCW means clay, mess, stress… joy! Pride! LOVE! More PRIDE – so much pride it’s overwhelming at times.
Hopes for the future of DCW?
I would love to see us in a bigger space.. Maybe with an outdoor space for raku, ooh! and pit fires, OOOH! AND A WOOD KILN – that would be phenomenal..
I’d love us to have more than one room! Maybe enough rooms that we can host residencies.. Ohh, that would be the dream.
But most of all, way way above anything else on the list..
I’d love us to follow whatever dreams we do, and for DCW to have her own pathway. All I truly wish is for DCW and the community to be happy, that’s all that really matters.
A bit of proactive ambition and a smile on yer face, that combination is unstoppable.
Anything else you want to share?
UHHHHH.. Just one thing!
A frog goes into a bank, he hops up on the desk of the loan officer.
“Hi,” he croaks. “What’s your name?”
The loan officer says, ”My name is John Paddywack. May I help you?”
“Yeah,” says the frog. “I’d like to borrow some money.”
The loan officer finds this a little odd, but gets out a form. ”Okay, what’s your name?”
The frog replies, ”Kermit Jagger.”
“Really?” says the loan officer. ”Any relation to Mick Jagger?”
”Yeah, he’s my dad.’
”Hmmm,” says the loan officer. ”Do you have any collateral?”
The frog hands over a pink ceramic elephant and asks, ”Will this do?”
The loan officer says, ”Um, I’m not sure. Let me go check with the bank manager.”
”Oh, tell him I said hi,” adds the frog. ”He knows me.”
The loan officer goes back to the manager and says, ”Excuse me, sir, but there’s a frog out there named Kermit Jagger who wants to borrow some money. All he has for collateral is this pink elephant thing; I’m not even sure what it is.”
The manager says:
”It’s a knick-knack, Paddywack, give the frog a loan; his old man’s a Rolling Stone.”