I probably lost most of my readers with that last post, my mad cap ramblings, and my insane jousting with windmills. If you hadn’t guessed it already, these posts are usually me just thinking out loud, putting some ideas out there, and hoping to learn from all you wise folk out in the ether. I sometimes learn a lot just by putting my ideas down on paper or talking to myself, but I always learn so much more when I get to converse with other folks whose ideas are a bit different from my own.
If you took the time to read that last post, Scott’s serious question that I hopelessly misconstrued, and my own ranting response, and then the follow-up response to my own comment, you will see that I don’t have the answers. I’m just trying to figure some of this stuff out. And learning can be painful and fraught with obstacles.
Anyway, this morning my G00gle reader gifted me with two great posts by other potters that show how some of us are dealing with the same kinds of issues. Ron Philbeck shared this great video:
Then I came across this great post by Ben Carter. Here is a quick excerpt to show you why I love it so:
“This reminds me of my favorite sutra, The Faith Mind. One particular line hit me hard the first time I read it. If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything. My initial thought was “This is bull shit. How can I not have opinions. I am an artist. I need to be able to judge what works and what doesn’t.” (Most times when I have this strong of a reaction I need to pay attention because something big is happening.) The righteousness of opinions is something I was taught to cherish. If I give up these opinions won’t I be direction-less floating in a creative wasteland? As it turns out, I won’t.”
Pretty cool, eh? Not only are there such great images of pots being shared on the internet, and skills and techniques, but folks are also sharing important ideas and wisdom as well. And as long as I don’t have it all figured out I hope I will continue to learn from you guys. Thanks for sharing all the cool stuff that you do!