Lucille Oka Posted August 16, 2011 Report Share Posted August 16, 2011 Why are so many CAD â€˜readersâ€™ in such a hurry to copy someone else's work? What is that about? If a technique on â€˜how toâ€™ is shown or discussed, why are so many of the â€˜readersâ€™ compelled to copy the work and right away, instead of utilizing the skills or methods for â€˜their ownâ€™ works. I wonder if they are true potters or just copyists. Imitation is not flattering. I had a ceramics class where I put up a black and white image of a decorated vessel. Everyone made the same basic shape. I removed the picture of the vessel from the wall. The time had come to decorate, the first person ready to do so wanted to use a red underglaze â€˜like in the pictureâ€™. Well how shocked she was to â€˜re-learnâ€™ that the picture was in black and white. The second person ready to decorate wanted to do what the first person had done she wanted pink flowers â€˜like hersâ€™ (meaning the first person) I let her start her pink flowers. When I then told her the first personâ€™s flowers were red she too was shocked. But these were people who had no knowledge of ceramics at all. They had to be tricked into trusting their own creativity. I read so many comments of people wanting to â€˜do the workâ€™ like so and so, and can you tell me what is â€˜sheâ€™ doing how is she doing this or that? Recently someone wanted to know what type of clay is so and so using to make their pots. Hello?? Yoo, Whoo?? It is called creativity go and create. To all the copyists out there- TRUST YOURSELF you have creativity within you, let it out. If you do, you will never have to copy someone elseâ€™s work again. And your work will be splendid because it is original. TRUST YOURSELF! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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