"Copy" probably isn't as easy in ceramics, but in fine arts, people copy to learn. I actually didn't know this till later, felt guilty for doing it. Really try to brush stroke for brushstroke copy. It is a method of learning.same way one learns fine penmanship,etc.
My Chinese brush teacher learned from her masters by copying their work . . . day in, day out. She studied bamboo with one master, choi with another, etc. And, everyday they gave her copies of their paintings and told her to copy them, then copy them again . . . until they were satisfied she had command of the brush stroke, the loading of colors, etc. That is how she teaches. Copying the masters is also done in pottery. You can't break the rules unless you know what the rules are.
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