A ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.
It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work — and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
“If you want love, you have to be and give love; if you want attention, you have to pay attention; if you want money, you have to help other people make money. This was my stumbling block from ages 40 to 50 because I was just looking to get paid. Then I let go of that and said my work is no longer about me.”
My sister and I attended a screenprinting workshop at Kid Icarus a few weeks back. It turned out to be a great learning experience! Not to mention we got to hang out at their awesome shop in Kensington Market and met Lourdes who bought us sweet Mexican bread for lunch.
We also liked that there was an emphasis on learning how to do everything at home. It’s only a matter of time before we set up our own mini screen printing operation ;)
The only thing different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. You might be more talented than me, you might be smarter, but if we get on a treadmill together, there’s two things: you’re either getting off first or I’m gonna die. It’s really that simple.
One of my professors showed us this video on the last day of class. Long story short, the secret to succes is to have an insane work ethic.
Somewhat related: The Campaign for the Accurate Measurement of Creativity