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a teacher's approach

updated thu 7 jun 07


Elizabeth Priddy on wed 6 jun 07

At some point in the career of every clay artist, the time comes to
give back. And it can only come when the artist finds the generous spirit
within all of us that allows us to teach.

Some people feel the need to hoard what they have paid for in sweat and
money. Eventually you find the internal strength to let it go and trust that
what you do cannot be duplicated by anyone, as you are unique and bring
something to your work that is beyond technique. It takes a certain kind
of confidence to get to this headspace. Some never get there. Self-doubt
holds them back.

I suggest that clay artists share it all, for the asking. No one can take your
market or your uniqueness. Technique is just that. There is little being
done by one person that is not being done by a dozen others. Each piece
of art brings all of a person's variables with it and any combination of tricks
and tips cannot equal that totality that is one unique person's work.

More darkly, you never know when you are going to kick it, so if you greedily
clutch your secrets to your chest and hoard your knowledge, you might just
take it to your grave. What a shame that would be.

The people I admire most in life are people who are free from doubt. Doubt
clouds reason and inhibits action. Doubt causes great things to never actualize.
Never doubt your own uniqueness. Never doubt your ability to persevere and
get over the fear that stops potential from becoming greatness. Why bother
aquiring knowledge over a lifetime if you are the only one to benefit from the

often wrong, never in doubt...

Elizabeth Priddy
Beaufort, NC - USA

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----- Original Message ----
From: Lois Ruben Aronow

In the scrafitto thread.....

"One's trial and error is what makes one's craftsmanship and artistry; the
mastery of their materials and the ultimate finished work and voice.
Speaking only for myself, I am always delighted to give out recipes, tips
and tricks of my own work, I have a few hard won techniques that are the
keys to my work that I never give out in detail. Why should someone benefit
from my (or anyone's) years of constant glaze development, application,
firing (and mis-firing) techniques, ruined kiln shelves, workshops and
classes I have paid dearly for and taken, education I have hunted down like
rare treasure, mentors I have sought out, time out of my life spent doing
what I do exactly as I do it."

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