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Harry Levenstein | Episode 837
Harry Levenstein is a potter presently doing the job in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Harry is the ceramics lab tech at the Bard Faculty at Simon’s Rock wherever he also teaches and maintains his personal studio practice.
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How would you determine a maker’s philosophy?
I guess the very first matter that will come to mind is values, their values all around what the matters that they are building are. Do you mean my philosophy or just in standard, a maker’s philosophy?
I would like you to reply what ever way you want to go. I feel that’s a great respond to to the concern, possessing a established of values. How is that different from just obtaining a good get the job done ethic?
I believe there is a amount of discernment amongst just having strong get the job done ethic and owning solid values all-around what you are developing.
Do you have a foundational notion that would develop your other values off of?
I consider so. I suppose it is fluid possibly and some factors spin from certain tips and depart some others guiding, although many others spring from individuals and leave the others driving. It feels like a fluid matter.
So if you could put it into a one sentence how would you define your foundational philosophy as a maker?
Woah! What a query. My foundational philosophy, what it indicates to be a maker…I want to say that there has to be some sort of discontentment in just that is the fire for wanting to proceed to constantly check out and try to articulate or flesh out or determine out or discover one thing more. If you uncover contentment then the search ends, I guess. There’s a interval at the finish of that sentence. (laughter)
How does that bleed around into life outdoors of the studio?
Oh man, it is so blurry. That line is so blurry. You are a potter and you know how ripe with metaphor the process is involved in generating pottery, with existence, you know. They coincide with life in so a lot of distinct methods and so it’s hard not to see that in the microcosms of the studio coming out into the each day life. You know, battle, consider again, conservation, overall economy, magnificence, humility, all these factors and I really feel super grateful about that, to have that to floor me. To have that in the studio to floor me in my everyday living exterior of the studio due to the fact I really do not know what would have taught me all these items if I didn’t have the studio to do that.
Do you see your philosophy coming in when you are training the subsequent technology?
Guy, teaching is really hard. I have discovered so a lot in this one particular semester that I have taught the students below and I sort of arrived in guns-a-blazing, contemplating I was going to be this teacher who experienced all this awareness to share and philosophies and values that I maintain in my very own and have definitely large anticipations of the kids and all this stuff. But I kind of seriously promptly understood that is not the way and regardless of what created up edition of a trainer I believed I was not…it’s just a manufactured up variation, and what really is there is really much in the functions and a perform in development with substantially to discover.
What is your preferred variety to make and why?
Very well the honest respond to is that it often is changing. I get psyched about items and stay fired up for awhile and then it switches when I explore something new. But I assume ideal now what I have been excited about is this type that I just call it jug vase due to the fact I really don’t truly know what to connect with it actually, and it is a tall kind that could be viewed as a pitcher, it could be observed as a vase, it could be just a pot, an item. It has dual handle engineering. So a pulled handle and a strap handle on the opposite side. There is solid English affect in that jug. But also the double handle thing arrived from this old fermenting crock that I observed in an antique shop and I assumed it was so humorous to see a pot with a pulled take care of on one side and a minor strap on the other.