Category Archives: Teaching

Editing, creativity, and evolution

I am writing an essay for a friend’s arts blog (one of the really HUGE ones in the field) and I’ve been nurturing the little beast for several weeks now. This has granted me a perspective on editing that might … Continue reading

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Your art is a language

“Pattern recognition is a priceless skill that comes with practice, with the experience of noticing. Noticing what works, what you’ve seen before, what might not work. Because pattern recognition is so valuable, some people have erroneously concluded that the way … Continue reading

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Making our pots understood

My good buddy Tony Clennell just had a good moan about customers looking blankly at his pots and not knowing what they were for. Every potter faces that. Every artist faces the blank stares of incomprehension and befuddlement. Tony suggests, … Continue reading

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C-File Discussion: The arts dominated by the wealthy

Just read a post on C-File that asked for opinions on the recent study in the UK that the arts were dominated by the wealthy. Their post went as follows: The Guardian reported, based on a survey by the arts … Continue reading

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Voice = choice + advice

The idea of voice in art… well, it sort of bothers me. When it gets mentioned it often gets mentioned as something to pursue as a goal rather than a side effect of other important things we are doing. And … Continue reading

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Passionate teaching

Just read a blog essay that describes a teacher’s experience critiquing students, and it brought to mind some issues I have been thinking about lately. So in a brief departure from my adventures with Saving Ceramics in Schools, here are … Continue reading

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Motivation for the lackluster potter

This morning from Seth Godin in my blog reader: A friend was in a meeting with a few colleagues when my latest book came up. One person said, “After I finished it, I was all fired up, and I felt like quitting … Continue reading

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On teaching pottery

A friend just asked what I consider to be the ingredients to a successful class. With a cup of coffee before my breakfast to bolster me this is what I came up with: Let me see…. Back in my early … Continue reading

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Teach like a bandit

The interesting thing about teaching is that you don’t always have to give students the truth for them to find their way. The simple obvious truths are usually overrated. Occasionally you have to ambush them, and steal their attention with … Continue reading

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Bird of Prey, Stooping, Child of Mountain, Nesting

Like a Thunderbolt from the Heavens, plummeting faster than the speed of sound, a spear of force driving into the play, piercing its soft center, the hands of the predator plunge from dizzying heights in one fell swoop to stab … Continue reading

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