Some thoughts on Workshopping

"Potters have a great opportunity to balance use and meaning, and I was happy to see that many potters in my class were hungry to hone skill to both ends. Reflecting on this, I am encouraged to challenge myself and try a new kind of workshop, one that will equally emphasize what work means, not just how it’s made (new to me that is, lots of more seasoned workshoppers already do this)."

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The Power of Pots

"One of the highlights of the Utilitarian Clay Symposium last year at Arrowmont was the panel discussion “Potters Favorite Pots”. There is something so raw and revealing when potters talk about fellow potters pots. My peers shared heart-felt and personal stories that illustrated the emotional significance that pots carry. The following is the story I shared."

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Utilitarian Clay VI Symposium

"Bill and I decided early on to focus the UC VI symposium on a group of artists considered to be in the ‘early-career’ phase of their métier.  It was in part a recognition of the sea-change of sorts afoot in our field, as well as knowing that the tried and true template of the symposium could/should embrace the change;  this was a departure from the previous symposium’s rubric of an even distribution of early, mid, and late career artist."

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The History of Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object National Symposium

"In the spring of 1990, Michael Simon, well respected studio potter from Georgia was teaching a one week workshop at ArrowmontSchool of Arts and Crafts.  Bill Griffith, then the Assistant Director of Arrowmont approached Michael at the end of the workshop session and asked for Michael’s thoughts about Arrowmont hosting a conference with a focus on making pottery.  Michael liked the idea and commented, 'if you do a conference about pottery, I hope you celebrate the object, damn it!' "

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