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to mfa or not to mfa that is......

updated wed 7 jun 06


A Kettner on tue 6 jun 06

To MFA, or not to MFA: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The pots and sculpture of outrageous ceramics,
Or to take arms against a sea of trimmings,
And by opposing recycle them? To bisque: to glaze;
Some more; and by potting to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural mistakes
That clay is heir to, 'tis a craft
Devoutly to be thrown.

OK that aside,

I think a lot of you posting about this issue miss a lot of the point.
Striving to receive an MFA is not about how big your pots are or how
many you can make. It is about exposing yourself, letting go of what
you are use to and striving for something deeper more intrinsic to
your id or ego. It is also about exposure to other people, culture and
most important, a diversity of ideas. (Unless you're a republican,
then we will dictate to you what to think, I am just joking no

If you want to go to grad school and do the same old thing you have
been doing forever, do not bother, because frankly it is boring to you
and to your peers. I could not stand when I would go to a crit and the
person was so confident because they just kept doing what they knew
and it is apparent that there was no exploration. On the other hand,
do not get me wrong there are plenty of people that do this and I
guess it's fine, because to them it is just a piece of paper but it is
so boring.