One of the big pluses of taking part in a symposium is seeing how other ceramicists make their work, from start to finish, all the stages, the tools, the techniques. It was great to swap tips, compare how we made our work, debate firing temperatures and clays and bounce ideas about. Very different from working in the usual solitude of our workshops, which has both it's good and bad aspects.
It was a pleasure to see Richard Notkin work, with his intense and skilful attention to detail on a beautifully small scale. I learned a lot by sharing a studio with him.