Is the difference between beginners and experts simply a difference in quality?

It seems about time that I reposted this here…..


I’m interested in this question as a reflection of how we teach art, what we teach, and why we teach. It also seems important for artists navigating the larger world of the art industry. Its only a question for artists trying to find their place in a larger context. Its not something that would interest the hermit artist on a mountaintop, or even many beginner artists. Its not a question that children always ask when they pick up a crayon……. What does that tell us?

Imagine this scenario: You’ve spent the last 30 years honing your art practice, perfecting your skills, improving, tweaking, and refining your forms, and you enter a show where beginner level work wins all the prizes and receives all the public attention. What went wrong? Has some objective measure of value been violated? We may feel an injustice has been committed, but what is the crime?

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About Carter Gillies

I am an active potter and sometime pottery instructor who is fascinated by the philosophical side of making pots, teaching these skills, and issues of the artistic life in general. I seem to have a lot to say on this blog, but I don't insist that I'm right. I'm always trying to figure stuff out, and part of that involves admitting that I am almost always wrong in important ways. If you are up for it, please help me out by steering my thoughts in new and interesting directions. I always appreciate the challenge of learning what other people think.
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1 Response to Is the difference between beginners and experts simply a difference in quality?

  1. Pingback: Simon Levin to critique Andrew Linderman’s mug on Monday | CARTER GILLIES POTTERY

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