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mfa or no mfa-about what donn said

updated mon 26 aug 02


e wilson farrington on sun 25 aug 02

Thanks guys, for all your input. I will continue to process! =
However, I am curious about Donn's comment: "not letting the really =
talented ones in" either to teach or to be in the program. I was just =
wondering about that part. Donn, are you saying there is some =
discrimination against really talented people? If so, is it anything =
more than some folks being threatened by the abilities of a few of the =
applicants? Please elaborate. I am quite ignorant in this area. I thank =
you for the thought and time you put into your response.=20
I should clarify for all.. I am one of those people who loves =
school, loves to learn, thrives on the input from others, and I enjoy a =
challenge. I am also a bit of a loner who would be perfectly happy =
living alone on an island. (I saw that movie with Tom Hanks, Castaway, =
and to me it looked like a great vacation except for the tooth =
thing...and I would probably have a lobster instead of a bloody soccer =
ball for a friend, unless I got REALLY hungry) I would not pursue this =
MFA simply to have the proper "credentials". I am moving in a fine arts =
direction, just happen to be more passionate about creating sculpture =
than pots. (Don't get me wrong, I love making pots, but my sculptures =
plague me from conception to completion and beyond). I have a fine arts =
background and to me this seems like the next logical step. As a mature =
adult, (42), I am neither at the youngest nor the oldest end of the =
spectrum for such a venture. I am not laboring under the misconception =
that I would get a teaching position. Although I love to teach and =
believe I am rather good at it, I would prefer doing my own work =
primarily. If could working teaching into it somewhere that would be =
great, too. I just think that I would really enjoy it and it certainly =
wouldn't hurt my career. (Except for that 10 year thing Donn mentioned). =
The big down side I see would be learning exactly how blissfully =
ignorant I am at this point and becoming so introspective and =
self-conscious about my work that I would never exhibit it anywhere =
because it would never be perfect. The more you know, the more you know =
you don't know...
Thanks again to all for your =

Dawn Christensen on sun 25 aug 02

I'm new to this list and clearly you are all more knowledgeable than
I. I am a middle school art teacher who originally had a BFA in Art and six
years ago went back to get my teaching degree. Interestingly enough I had
several professors as an undergrade that could not teach. They had a wealth
of knowledge but could not convey it. Of course I was younger then and my
perspective was different. Currently I am back at school to get my masters
in Visual Studies. It has been a remarkable experience. My thesis show will
be in December. I have not decided if I will paint or do clay, possibly both
as my real strength is surface design. Can anyone recommend any other
potters who paint on their clay who work I could possibly look at or read
about. Thank you, Dawn.
To the person who is puzzled over the MFA: My decisions were
personal, financial, etc. and I am one of those curious incessant learners.
My education has been very rewarding at every stage and enhanced my life. I
am constantly working on my own work as well as teaching. They are not
separated. They can't take knowledge away from you.

Lee Love on mon 26 aug 02

----- Original Message -----
From: "e wilson farrington"

> As a mature adult, (42), I am neither at the youngest nor the oldest end
>of the spectrum for such a venture. I am not laboring under the
> misconception that I would get a teaching position.

Go for it Wilson. I think you've picked the right reasons.

Lee Love (a 48 year old deshi/apprentice) in Mashiko JAPAN

"Really there is no East, no West,
Where then is the South and the North?
Illusion makes the world close in,
Enlightenment opens it on every side."

- Japanese Pilgrim's Verse.