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    I actually don't have such a romantic approach, but maybe I am wrong about it...and yes, I have no experience apart from a little throwing on the wheel. I understand that pottery involves a lot of physical work and hardship... Anyway I will start an ongoing evening course with a local potter in 3 weeks. I found this flick by Jeff Shapiro: http://jeffshapiroceramics.com/apprenticeships/
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    Thank you all for your answers. Chris: I hope I don't come off as a wannabe faker who just wants to get away with an easy route. If so, I have a big problem!! By recognition I didnt mean being famous. In fact I think that is quite harmful for a human being. But actually recognition always depends on the cultural/art regime that prevails in a specific country at a specific time - to a certain extent, at least. There are always ways around it, too. Just like Shiro Tsujimura, for example. Of course he is a huge talent and Japan seems a very "friendly" environment for potters. But I would be curious why you think the MFA opens only doors, and what doors exactly? Marcia: thank you for pointing out that possibility. I actually found my way to their website already, but thought it was not the place for me... I will try and contact them. Bruce: it's quite difficult for me to answer your question. In fact I would have to say both (functional and art focused), but at the same time I do not crave for being revered as some great artist, I simply find qualities in pottery that appeal to me very much. Part of them comes from the physical side, working with clay and elemental things, and even being at the mercy of the kiln each time. Also, bringing some impulses into peoples lives by simple objects. So I think I'd be satisfied producing functional ware on a general basis, but I do have a hitherto relatively unexplored affinity with creativity in my life. I always liked drawing and have been making photography. Only now I realize in photography I was looking for the kind of things that can be brought to existence or can be "met" in pottery/ceramics on much deeper levels. So if I had clay and a way of baking it, would I restrain myself and would I not try to give heed to my creative impulses? I like , and what Jim Malone says about providing the environment where good pottery can happen. Its not about the potter and theirperson posing in the center, engaged in "self-expression". Its something humble and organic...this is where I come from, so far! I do not plan to pursue any academic career. Best, Gabor
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    I see, thank you for your answers. Don't worry, I didn't expect much. Ok, so another question. Do you think it is necessary to go through the academic part of the education for a certain amount of recognition by the "establishment"? Or it is just a question of what you make and how you make yourself visible? I am talking about a little bit of "elitism" here, perhaps - I have nothing against it, its just natural, in my opinion.
  4. Hello Folks, I am new here and fairly new to pottery as well. Recently just out of the blue sky I got this deep interest towards this craft and now spending long hours researching the web and trying to find information about apprenticeship opportunities. First of all, I am in Germany and am an EU citizen, but would like to know a little about the general situation in the US. I have no art education and I really doubt I would want to go for a ceramics BA (at least at this point), for several reasons. I would definitely prefer an apprenticeship straight away. Here in Germany there is an apprentice programme supported by the government (with less and less money) where an apprentice spends 3 years in a workshop, gets paid from day one (I'd say just enough for sustaining yourself) and has to follow a standard series of lectures as well. Places for this kind of apprenticeship are really hard to come by, especially for me since I am not German and have difficulties with the language as well. I have been looking the UK as well and my general picture is that most studio potters prefer taking on "promising" students with a foundation course, but I assume places are scarce there as well. So I was thinking maybe I could try the US, if there is a system that provides visa for apprentices. Could you give me some directions where to look for information? Or share your knowledge please, I would really appreciate it. When doing apprenticeship in the US in general, does the apprentice get paid from the beginning? Is it enough to get by (I mean meeting the minimum needs, which is basically food, shelter and perhaps a few extra necessities)? Thank you for reading! Gabor