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Crossing the line - A little less than a happy high
komos
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Crossing the line
Oh, hey... MassArt IS a state school.*


*This is of interest since it means that I'm eligible for tuition remission for courses I take there. They have a metal foundry with big hammers, and, perhaps more importantly, a ceramics program in their 3D Arts Department.
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komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2003 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I'm up for it just yet. I mean, I'd actually have to start thinking of myself as an "art student." I just want to do stuff.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: November 3rd, 2003 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, go for it! You know how much you'd enjoy it! And, as long as you're not actually working towards a degree, you can always just say you're "taking classes" instead of referring to yourself as Art Student if that makes you feel more comfortable about it. Your job has so few perks; take advantage of this one!
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
At some point, I need to move beyond the dilettante stage, not so much for credentialing as a desire for mastery.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: November 4th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)

My vocabulary fails me...

"Dilletante"? What's that mean?
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: My vocabulary fails me...

An admirer or lover of the fine arts; popularly, an amateur; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge, desultorily, or for amusement only.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: November 4th, 2003 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: My vocabulary fails me...

Why does it seem to have a negative connotation in my head? What's wrong with following an art or branch of knowledge for amusement only? Isn't it good to do things that make you happy?
komos From: komos Date: November 4th, 2003 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, because it does.

Quick answer: "Because if something's worth doing, it's worth doing right."

Not so quick answer: Whats wrong with it is that you never advance past the level of the hobbyist. Sure, that has it's place, but why should I relegate something this important to me to a "passtime"? Simply put, mastery is something that, while incredibly elusive, remains of great importance to me.

Consider the difference between a BA in Psych and a doctorate. Would you have been satisfied with less?
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: November 6th, 2003 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I see what you mean. I have seen the joy and intensity in your eyes when you talk about pottery, and from what I've seen of your work, I am certain you have the capability to become a master at it. So, since it is that important, do it. Take a chance and go after your heart's desire. If you're not ready for Mass Art, so be it, go to Mudflat and work your way up to a point where you feel ready for Mass Art. You can do this.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: November 3rd, 2003 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
If I had a hammer, I'd a'hammer in the morning...
It's hammer time! Duh nuh nuh nuh TSK TSK nuh nuh TSK TSK nuh huh! It's hammer time!
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2003 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Besides the big hammers, one of their forges has a drawing of Trogdor on the draft vent with the words "THE BURNINATOR" written prominently.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: November 3rd, 2003 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT!!!
From: skygoodwill Date: November 3rd, 2003 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)

The fence topples into shards of useable ceramic tiles

First thought that came to mind: Awesome!

Turns out that WAS the first thought so...

Excellent! Congrats on the progress!
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The fence topples into shards of useable ceramic tiles

There are still some hurdles to be crossed, but it's something. I may still end up going to Mudflat for a while. I guess I'm at a point where I want to be taken seriously, but being taken too seriously might scare me off.

I also need to decide whether I'll be taking continuing ed courses from them or if I'll actually try to apply to "the program." That's a huge step, but it would mean that I'd get full remission rather than the 50% that's otherwise offered. Not even sure if that's possible yet.

And thanks. ^_^
technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: November 3rd, 2003 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
YAY! Go be an art student! Get more cermaics time! Learn metalwork! WOO!

I almost went to a college in Nebraska that has a glassblowing studio. That's what I want to learn. :)
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Glassblowing is across the hall. ;P
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yaaaay!!!!
komos From: komos Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for pointing out that which hadn't even occurred to me.
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