Teaching creates the opportunity to learn, and I have learned a lot. In my 40 years of teaching (I have a degree in Literature, but as a potter am self-taught), with miles yet to go.
As of this fall I will not have classes in my studio, creating more time to focus on my own work and to think and write about the process and joys of engaging with clay, that abundant, responsive and supremely natural material.
I will continue to interact with schools and the State Arts Council as an artist in residence and mentor, mindful that there remains much to be done for arts to have their rightful place in our educational system.
My former apprentices, now friends, have moved on in varied and productive ways. Studio assistants now work with me to wedge clay, load the kiln, and learn the rhythm and responsibilities of a small business.