"I wanted to make things. I would look at the samples made by previous students of the New Orleans School of Metalsmithing and think, "I am light-years from being able to do that." I was wrong. What it took was a patient instructor who knew the craft and was willing to share both his time and expertise to bring my thoughts into fruition. You will work from day one. You will cut metal, you will work metal, you will solder metal and you will finish metal. By the end of that first class you will have something physical, but you walk away with something else: A belief that you have been introduced to a hidden world of art and magic. With care and dedication, you will be able to join and contribute to it."
~ Brian McCormick . LEVEL I
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
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