[Clayart] And another

Jim Brown jbrown1000 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 15 12:25:29 EDT 2016


"I had a student in North Dakota named Grant Herzog who was a decent potter
at the time he graduated, and was accepted for a one-year apprenticeship
with Richard Bresnahan in the pottery at St. John's University outside
Minneapolis.  Bresnahan was trained through a long-term apprenticeship in
Japan, but Grant's apprenticeship was only one year and he started right in
on the wheel.  It sounds very similar to Mel's apprenticeship in Japan.

Upon settling into the pottery, Bresnahan told Grant to make fifty tea
bowls.  Grant finished those in short order and was quite pleased with
himself until Bresnahan came over and proceeded to pluck out one tea bowl
after another, dropping them into a rolling scrap bin.  He stopped with
only one left, and said, "There, now that's a decent tea bowl.  Make a
thousand just like it."  So, over a matter of days Grant made a thousand,
with Richard coming by frequently and plucking out ones that didn't meet
his standards and dropping them in the scrap bin.

After the tea bowls, they did the same with tumblers, rice bowls, rice wine
bottles, and other forms.  When Grant returned to Fargo/Moorhead at the end
of the year he was one hell of a potter.  He set up a studio in Fargo and
worked with another former student for a while, but within another year he
gave up pottery and went into the family business.  Too bad. - Vince"


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