Learning Pottery


This beautiful work is from the hand of potter Richard White, who writes:  “I didn’t really start learning about pottery until after I graduated and I started working clay all day, every day. I learned from the clay. One can not intellectually learn pottery.”

Here is a man who studied sculpture in college. But only when he began to “work clay all day, every day” was he able to really “learn from the clay.”

How many endeavors must be tackled in this same way! Not merely from intellectual endeavor but from “handling” – pulling, pushing, pressing – such that the “clay” gets into one’s fingers and teaches them what to do.

And “one cannot intellectually learn” SO many other things. This is why “Life in the BRIE” includes such an emphasis on the E – “Experiential” learning!


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