The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups.
All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: 50 pounds of pots rated an “A”, 40 pounds a “B”, and so on.
Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.
It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work-and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
Art and Fear- David Bayles and Ted Orland
It occurred to me three weeks into the month to pay another visit the site that spurred this month of blog activity. I have been perusing some of the blogs of other registrants this evening and I’m impressed at the variety and depth of these bloggers. Do they know that what they share hits home with so many others? Or at least me? How did I even get on this list? Oh, right. Chris L. told me about it and I jumped right in. Thanks, lady.
I am glad I did this challenge and though it may have cost me the price of not finishing NaNoWriMo it was good to mix it up. At the very least I’ve written thousands of words more than I would have otherwise.
I hope to explore more of these blogs soon. If you want to read some check out the list below.
This blog is number #1789.
November 22nd, 2013 at 7:19 am
Love the updates! I hope you picked up some new readership!
November 23rd, 2013 at 12:53 am
Thanks for reading, Chris. 🙂