I was asking myself, if I heard it correctly when Paige told me she started practicing the art of ceramics only since the beginning of last year, as she showed me some of her admiring clay-made creations. As my eyes fell on the beauty in all it’s simplicity, the bowls, cups, plant pots, sculptures, I felt inspired and encouraged to put action into a long dream of mine, learning the skills of ceramics and create my own beautiful ceramic cans. But how would I make this happen and am I actually blessed with enough talent to use my hands for this?
And then Paige said; ” Do something that you love, everyday. Anything you love in time you will become a master of.” Aha!
The encounter with Paige and what she said reminded me a lot of a book that I really enjoyed reading last summer, ” Outliers” written by Malcolm Gladwell. The author writes that the story of success is not the one most of the people think it is, which usually is that most of the people think its mere ambition and intelligence, that makes people successful. In this book Malcolm Gladwell alters the way we understand success and repeatedly writes about the 10.000 hours- rule; ” achieving world class expertise in any skill, is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours.”
10.000 hours needed to expertise in any skill…?! At first, to me, that seemed like a lot of hours . But then again…. I do believe that “practice makes perfect” and “jong geleerd is oud gedaan” (dutch expression; taught when young, is done when adult, ) and that becomes easier especially if you love what you do… When you do what you love, does time then really matters or even exists?
We only had a couple of hours and in those hours we spoke about several mind pondering subjects in which I believe were uplifting and illuminative. As I filmed her, she threw a lump of clay on the wheel to create two other wonderful pieces of work, a vase and a plant pot in less than 20 minutes. What an incredible set of skills!