There is a saying that the hand can make the head clever. Through the practice of making, artists can come to a real understanding of the possibilities, the limits and the inclinations of the materials they are mastering. There are no short cuts to achieving this. It’s like being a musician and having to practise your scales and know your instrument.

This might be said to be like the point at which a person develops their personal handwriting. Once they have mastered the letter or word forms and the pen, brush or pencil, some of their personality inevitably spills out into the character of the ...


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