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In my mid twenties finally went to school for myself. Fully time pottery seemed massively indulgent. A few months in, my instructor shocked me by asking me if I wanted to do a trade. I blushed. Bruce Cochrane was by all accounts a master in the clay world. He clarified: “This piece has primitive qualities you may not yet appreciate.” I was old enough to laugh. Your work is primitive and on top of that; you lack the smarts to even see it. *** Today I went out for coffee. I chatted with Paddy, a local café fixture with a white beard and a strong voice, commented; “Your work is all straight lines now. When are you going back to what you were doing before?” I nodded. “You’re not the first perso

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