What remains out of sight is the preparation process, the years of practice, the attempts and the absolutely not negligible physical effort.
In and out, two sides of the same art
People believe pottery is easy because they stick to the final outcome. A clean and polished product, with little to none hints of the manufacturing process behind it. This leads to equating pottery to an act of pure creation, rather than craftsmanship, and therefore to think about the potter more as a God rather than a human being working with his own hands.
For each perfectly crafted vase, there might be dozens of broken crocks, left on the ground, forgotten witnesses of the devotion to this art, rather than of failure.
In these modern times of massive and compulsive consumption, creation seems to be owed to few. At the same time, the modern era brought some serious and impressive tools, not useful to mould clay better, but rather to reach a wider audience. Those tools are social media, and Eric knows how to use them as much as a potter wheel.
An endless flow of hypnotic videos, where ceramics are born from the unshaped matter.
It is way too easy to let pottery be a metaphor for life, but it might instead be difficult to remember that behind each vessel placed on a shelf, there are the wise hands of a potter.