Harry Levenstein | Episode 837

Harry Levenstein is a potter presently functioning in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Harry is the ceramics lab tech at the Bard Higher education at Simon’s Rock in which he also teaches and maintains his very own studio practice.


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How would you outline a maker’s philosophy?

I guess the initial matter that comes to intellect is values, their values close to what the things that they are generating are. Do you imply my philosophy or just in basic, a maker’s philosophy?

I would like you to respond to regardless of what way you want to go. I feel that’s a very good reply to the question, possessing a set of values. How is that unique from just owning a superior do the job ethic?

I think there is a level of discernment between just having powerful perform ethic and acquiring sturdy values all around what you are developing.

Do you have a foundational strategy that would make your other values off of?

I think so. I suppose it’s fluid maybe and some items spin from particular thoughts and depart others guiding, though other individuals spring from  those and leave the other people at the rear of. It feels like a fluid point.

So if you could put it into a solitary sentence how would you outline your foundational philosophy as a maker?

Woah! What a concern. My foundational philosophy, what it signifies to be a maker…I want to say that there has to be some sort of discontentment in just that is the fire for seeking to continue to constantly consider and endeavor to articulate or flesh out or figure out or find out a little something a lot more. If you obtain contentment then the search finishes, I guess. There is a period of time at the finish of that sentence. (laughter)

How does that bleed over into lifestyle outside of the studio?

Oh man, it is so blurry. That line is so blurry. You’re a potter and you know how ripe with metaphor the system is involved in producing pottery, with life, you know.  They coincide with existence in so a lot of diverse approaches and so it’s really hard not to see that in the microcosms of the studio coming out into the day-to-day daily life. You know, wrestle, try all over again, conservation, financial system, splendor, humility, all these factors and I feel tremendous grateful about that, to have that to floor me. To have that in the studio to ground me in my lifetime outside of the studio since I really do not know what would have taught me all people points if I did not have the studio to do that.

Do you see your philosophy coming in when you are training the subsequent generation?

Person, educating is challenging. I’ve discovered so substantially in this just one semester that I have taught the pupils below and I kind of arrived in guns-a-blazing, wondering I was going to be this teacher who experienced all this information to share and philosophies and values that I maintain in my individual and have seriously significant anticipations of the kids and all this stuff. But I variety of actually swiftly understood that’s not the way and whatsoever manufactured up model of a trainer I thought I was not…it’s just a manufactured up model, and what really is there is very a lot in the functions and a perform in progress with much to understand.

What’s your beloved type to make and why?

Effectively the trustworthy response is that it usually is altering. I get fired up about factors and remain excited for awhile and then it switches when I explore one thing new.  But I believe proper now what I have been psyched about is this variety that I just connect with it jug vase mainly because I never really know what to contact it actually, and it is a tall form that could be found as a pitcher, it could be seen as a vase, it could be just a pot, an item. It has twin cope with technologies. So a pulled handle and a strap cope with on the reverse side. There’s powerful English affect in that jug. But also the double take care of issue came from this old fermenting crock that I observed in an antique shop and I considered it was so humorous to see a pot with a pulled take care of on one particular facet and a minor strap on the other.


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