The personalities are as diverse as the work! They converge from all over Seattle. The smell of popcorn and familiar faces. Inspiration and perhaps also some friendly competition from fellow classmates.
It’s a pleasure to see them take experimentation to new places, some of which is evident here. Lots of happy accidents, others…not so much! Most students bring along their own unique style and others find it along the way. It never gets old.
Great stuff you guys! See you next session.
I often marvel at how so many good people come to my Seattle studio as students. They continually inspire me as an artist and teacher, and while experimenting and exploring the medium, they typically motivate and inspire their classmates.
Most of my students are adults, but when anybody is in learning mode, especially clay learning mode, the kid in them comes out. They are curious, hungry, and sometimes transparent about feeling impatient or thrilled while they work and create. I love watching it all happen.
Because of students, I seek out new techniques to share with them, and this rejuvenates my own work. Years ago I bought a slab machine so I could teach students more hand building and it turned me into a sculptor. Before that I only had eyes for the pottery wheel. Currently I’m working on a new image transfer technique, again, to share with them, and it’s already finding its way into my work.
I may never figure out what it is that brings such good, fun, curious, friendly people to class. But there’s no time anyway, I’ve got to get the studio prepped for another fun Spring session, which begins tomorrow!