In the studio I have had a high school senior as an intern for the last three weeks. Today is her last day. Yesterday she seriously approached the application of layers of slip on her bowls and cups. Her grandparents have bought many of my pots over the years, so it's as if she is a native speaker in the language of my pottery. She knows which drips she likes; what finger rings appeal. She applied her layers of slip deep in the state of uncertainty as to how these coats will transform in the heat of the kiln, but receptive to the expression and possibility of the art of the drip.
"But uncertainty can just as easily be infused with hope, expectation, and probability; it is about being receptive; it contains its own archives of anticipation. It brings us to a state of possibility."--Akiko Busch, The Ecology of Uncertainty