Marcia Selsor, on 31 January 2013 - 08:41 AM, said:
I think my greatest successes have been the achievements of my students,
I liked Vervain's comments. Chris, I read your list. I think my greatest successes have been the achievements of my students, my own "ah ha" moments, those times when something has intentionally been achieved or unintentionally. I love to push new applications of materials in an attempt to achieve a particular affect. Clay is a complicated medium always challenging and humbling. It has provided me with a lifetime of engagement appreciating the history of ceramics through all the civilizations, contemporary artists, and just personally working in my studio.
In my earlier years, NCECA provided a camaraderie of exchange among other like-minded clay people. Then there was Clayart, a daily dose of exchange. Now this forum, where we can share, help, ask, etc. I have to say I find ceramics, pottery and our chosen field to lend itself to this type of sharing. I think that has been a satisfying experience since the mid-1960s. I have been lucky to have a 40+ year career of working and teaching in clay, traveling the world and meeting potters and ceramic artists of great diversity from the Soviet Artists' Union, to folk potters of Spain and Portugal. I have had residencies working with people from around the world. I have a satisfied mind, to quote a favorite song.
I can really relate to that. Back in my 30's had a bit of mid career crisis. Thought I was not doing anything with my career/life. Started doing shows, making more pots, staying up nights til 2am. Realized after a couple of years that it was affecting my job. Thing was, I loved my day time with the kids, teaching about art, ceramics, animation. Loved it. So I quit doing the pottery that I also loved, and concentrated on teaching. In the end, best decision. When I retired for other reasons, I was not ready, but now I have time to return to the clay much more. I am still am reminded of the success of the daytime job every time I see an old student and hear how they did after they left me. Many went on to college for art in either ceramics, animation, or some other facet. Many work at careers that make more than I monetarily, and they are really happy doing so. Others are struggling artists, but happy also. I was successful, and very satisfied.