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seth cardew /story

updated sat 24 oct 09


mel jacobson on thu 22 oct 09

my former apprentice, sarah coffin is in spain,
living and working at seth cardew's studio for
six months.

she is having a ball. she just loves the place, the
people and the work.

seth and his wife are a delight.

you must remember, seth is getting much older, sort
of my age. he is still working, but has been slowed a bit.

this is one of those cases where a young person just took a
chance...i told her `people can say yes or no, it is up to you
to ask, seek, and be ready to go.` seth said yes...and she
was on a plane for spain in a heart beat.

so often people make assumptions that...`why would he
let me come and study?`

sarah has all the tools to be a great potter. she was very active
with me and the `chinese` study. a great help. she is trained.
she lived that summer with her grandfather/grandmother that are
neighbors...he was a
minnesota govenor, and lived a great deal of his life in
washington d.c. (congressman) where sarah grew up with her mom and dad.
jennifer coffin/mom/ is a terrific potter, and their mom, grandmother
gretchen quie was considered one of minnesota's fine female artists.

their father, grandfather al quie is in his 80's and is still very active
in conservative politics in minnesota. al still rides his horse every day,
goes on long rides in wyoming, and is as fit as anyone i know.
he is one of the most classy, honest men i have ever known.
not a blemish in 85 years. integrity, what a concept.
from: minnetonka, mn
clayart link:
new book:

Marcia Selsor on thu 22 oct 09

Sarah is very lucky.
I lived in Spain for a year studying traditional potters. What a rich
year that was!
Sarah will benefit from Seth to be sure as well as living in
Spain ...I love Spain. It has a fascinating history
from Pre-history, Phoenicians and more, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths,
Alans, Muslims, etc..what a rich culture.
And is all shows up in their traditional pottery.

Marcia Selsor

Lee Love on thu 22 oct 09

Seth runs a Holiday House and offers regular courses:

Lee, a Mashiko potter in Minneapolis

"Ta tIr na n-=3DF3g ar chul an tI=3D97tIr dlainn trina ch=3DE9ile"=3D97tha=
t is, "T=3D
land of eternal youth is behind the house, a beautiful land fluent
within itself." -- John O'Donohue

Rita or Robert Shaw on thu 22 oct 09

Back in the late seventies, when I was young and full of myself, i sent a=
letter to Henry=3D20
Moore, the sculptor, offering myself up as an apprentice.
About a month and a half later, I got a letter from him thanking me for m=
y offer. "I am=3D20
afraid I already have as many assistants as I can find room and work for,=
and as they=3D20
usually stay with me for several years it will be some time before a vaca=
ncy occurs. Thank=3D20
you for writing to me, and may I send my best wishes for your work."

There you have it! If you don't seek and don't ask you will never know.

Robert (Joe) Shaw