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  1. I am in my senior year of high school and I now need to figure out what comes next. I have been taking ceramics classes for the last two years and I have my heart set on becoming a production potter, but I am not sure how to go about doing that. I would like to get an apprenticeship instead of going to college so I could spend all my time learning more about ceramics and running a studio instead of also having to take academic classes, but I am not sure how realistic that is. I would like advice about finding an apprenticeship or what colleges are a good idea or really anything that could help. I have this vague idea that I could get an apprenticeship with a studio and then get an actual job with them and then someday I could have my own studio, is that at all realistic? Would I have a better chance of finding an apprenticeship if I go to college first? I believe I at least have some skills that I would need to be helpful, I am the teacher's assistant in the ceramics class at my school and my teacher is pregnant so I have been doing most of the kiln loading and unloading and moving around heavy stuff along with cleaning and pugging clay and whatnot, I would say that I have good basic throwing skills as in I can make a lot of things fairly quickly and pretty centered and I'm good with larger forms and whatnot but I have a lot to learn with making things a consistent size and different shapes. Is that enough for me to get an apprenticeship?
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