Monday, 26 September 2011
I hated Pru Venibrals.....
when I was at RMIT. I went there in 2000 to do an Honours year! My original study was at Chisholm institue of Technology in Frankston in 1987. I think is it Monash now. So it was nearly 15 years since I had been in an academic environment. Not that Chismolm was that academic. We spent most time making rather that thinking about what we were making. Which is probably what you need when you start out. The hand skills still need to be trained up. But in 2000, I knew most thinga about ceramics. I could make anything I wanted. But I felt stuck in a rut. I needed to be dug out, so I went to uni! Where Pru Venibrals was one of my teachers.
Pru kept asking me REALLY annoying questions, like "What are you doing?" and Why are you doing what you are doing?". I was a bit use to just following my nose. "Can't I just let the material talk to me? " I protested. Foolishly! This was what I needed to get out of the rut. Following my nose had only gotten me so far. I now had the skills, but I needed to know the "what" and the "why"! So Pru kept asking. She was very pushy! I hated her! I don't think I quite answered these questions while I was at RMIT. But I continue to try and be conscious of the "what " and the "why". Thanks Pru!