I share your feelings. So what is the PC response when someone at a show says, " I could never do this, you are so talented." ?
I always feel sort of insulted, like they have said I don't work or it comes easily to me. Like I just decided to pick up clay and the piece they are admiring simply appeared in their hand, with no effort from me. Almost like my efforts have been marginalized.
I want to answer, "Yes, you could if you were willing to work as long and as hard as I have at it."
I try to smile and thanks them, but I am gritting my teeth.
You almost DO need to say EXACTLY that.... but with a bit more positive spin on it for "polotical correctness".
What we NEED to says far more often is that I've spent XX years studying this artform and have put in countless hours of formal and informal education and spent tons of money ON that education and the result is the work you now see before you. It took a long time of hard work to reach this point.
The famous HAMADA Shoji quote that is on the earthquake relief fundraising T-shirts in Japan for the town of Mashiko is a good example and a great saying .... "60 years and 15 seconds". It is SO true.
People NEED to know that it does NOT come so easliy either technically nor aesthetically. Until they do.... our efforts will be undervalued and under appreciated.