The Perfect Pot

There is a tale told about a ceramics teacher who divided his class into two groups. One group would be graded on the quantity of their work. They were to make as many pots as possible. The other group would be graded on the quality of their work. They were to make as perfect a pot as possible. When the day came to grade the students, the professor was amazed to discover that the group being graded for quantity also had the best quality. The group churning out the most vessels made the finest pieces. What was the reason for this? The teacher believes that this group was learning from their mistakes, so their work was constantly improving. The “quality” group spent all of their time working on a single pot, but without the benefit of failures, mistakes, or experience.

What do you wish to produce with your life? What efforts do you find most enjoyable and productive; the ones in which you strive for perfection or those which allow you to enjoy the journey on the way? Can you, as is told here in this short story, find a balance in the doing and in the being that can create a more valuable outcome?

The above photo is courtesy of Valerie Storey, the creator of this beautiful hand built piece of pottery.  She is also an accomplished author of 8 books including her new gothic novel, OVERTAKEN. Please, come meet her and enjoy one of the many works she offers here ~ Enjoy her insights and creative tips at You can also find her on Twitter ~ @valeriestorey and on Facebook ~



About dagonsblood

Virginia Lee enriches her writing with her experiences of the human spirit, sharing the same in her work of helping others. Enjoy the journey!
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3 Responses to The Perfect Pot

  1. Dan says:

    What a great story. It is true that we only get better through our failures. If we were perfect everytime it would get boring.

  2. fuonlyknew says:

    I am not surprised at the outcome. Practice does make perfect. Not just with pots either.

  3. danniehill says:

    We learn from our mistakes– the problem is sometimes the mistakes are so much fun we repeat them. Great post, Virginia

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