Jack Troy / by John McGurk

Jack Troy bowl.

Jack Troy bowl.

I was thumbing through last year's NCECA catalog and came across this great quote from all around good guy and master potter Jack Troy

 "2012 is my fiftieth year of working in clay and associating with others who know about the materials and processes of our craft and art. One lifetime isn't enough for conjuring how to combine our experience and our hunches meaningfully and expressively. One by one we learned that touch is a magic catalyst; that making things with clay is a variant intelligence- an alternative way to devise and solve problems besides using only words and numbers. On a good day, teaching acknowledges that the vessels of our being overflow with gratitude at finding an animating passion."

I though it was a great way at looking at the creative impulse, especially those working in clay.  This is an excerpt from a longer acceptance speech for the Excellence in Teaching Award 2012.  National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts