It seems to be the "in" thing to study in Japan, China or somewhere in the Far East. Many of my influences can be attributed to Europe and 4 excellent potters are on a panel at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art this coming Thursday. I'm hoping they have something to say about the direction of ceramics in North America. From my vantage point some of the best and most exciting pots are being made today in spite of the chipping away at the studio pottery movement by Academia. Guilds are full to over flowing with people wanting to make pots and art school ceramic programs have embarrassingly low numbers. What's up?