The Emperor Has No Clothes
I just finished a week long course at Haliburton School of the Arts. I spent a good amount of time dispelling the rules the students had been taught by the emperors. Emperors are teachers that aren't ready to be teachers. Teaching is the most important job in the world. I take it very seriously and am appalled that people decide to call themselves potters, have Etsy accounts, and teach classes after a few courses at the Guild. My class at Haliburton were gleeful at how much they learned from me in such a short time. What's the surprise???? I have been in the clay pits for over 60 years and I have made every mistake and broken every rule imaginable in clay. I actually applaud the Emperor. I think it's about having self confidence. Self confidence is a great quality. I think I'm pretty self confident. Would you want me do your heart surgery? I'm pretty confident I could do it if I watched a couple of good U-tube videos. When my kids were in school I always told them pick the teacher not the class. A good teacher will make all the difference in the world. On short notice one of my favourite potters in the world Bruce Dehnert asked me to teach a class at his new mud pit Sugar Maples Art School in the Catskills, NY. This will be an intensive week culminating in a salt firing. After all these years in the clay pits this course excites me and it will excite you too! I'll keep my clothes on. Don't want to horrify y'all.