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a great book

updated thu 21 mar 02


mel jacobson on wed 20 mar 02

i went off to the book store and picked up
`Art & fear`

observations on the perils and rewards of Artmaking.
David Bayles and Ted Orland
isbn 0-9614547-3-3

when we are talking of pricing, nceca, gurus and such, i thought
it was time to read it.

very rewarding little book.

in one section they talk about making pots.

they had two groups of students, all beginners...they
taught one section art theory, showed slides, gave them
several examples of what is a good pot. then let them make

the other group they taught skill, throwing, and just let
them go. make a great many.

the best pots came from the later group.
theory did not do one thing for their making of art and craft.

here is a quote

`if ninety eight percent of our medical students were no longer
practicing medicine five years after graduation, there would
be a senate investigation, yet that proportion of art majors
are routinely consigned to an early professional death.`

or, the last art work done, was for their senior show.

the book is about understanding why we do art, craft.
it is about us. not them.
we do it because we want to. it is our choice to carry on or quit.

Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.A.
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Kurt Wild on wed 20 mar 02

At 06:45 PM 3/20/02 -0600, you wrote:
>............we do it because we want to. ........

I think it's more like we have to! In my case, to stay alive in
retirement after years of teaching!