Carter, I agree withyou. I didn't so much mean to be minimizing the importance of making pottery with my "humility" comment so much as I was groping to find a contrast to that urge we sometimes feel to suppose that what we've made at any one time is so important -- so perfect -- that we need not move on.
We tend to learn that lesson pretty early on as we look back on our first pots from the vantage point of a few years advancement in the craft. Time passing helps us see our once precious work from a new perspective, and suddenly we realize that those pieces we poured our beginner selves into aren't what we thought they were.
But curiously, I think we tend to forget it again when the pieces we make really do start to meet our expectations AND stand the scrutiny of time.
I am big on the little things. But I didn't say that very clearly. I tend to ramble. Heh. And I really likeyour post. Wonderful.