I just finished listening to Kate McKinnon on Jay Whaley's Blog Talk radio and let me just say, WOW! I was so impressed and inspired by listening to her speak.
If you aren't familiar with her work, Kate is a Metalsmith who works mostly in PMC and is an avowed expert on all things Metal Clay. You can find her at: http://www.katemckinnon.com/ She treats Metal Clay very much as fine silver rather than clay. In fact she would like to see the word clay left off and instead call it fine silver powder or something to that effect.
What I liked about Kate is her absolute generosity of both mind and spirit. She reminds me a bit of the old hippie days with Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman giving away the world. She is a firm believer in karma and that the more information you give away, the more people will reward you by purchasing from you because they sincerely believe in you and trust what you say.
For me, listening to her interview today was quite serindipitous. I first began my metal working with a class in PMC at the Boston Center for Adult Education. I really enjoyed the class but it only made me hunger for more knowledge about working in metal. After I took the class I never bought a kiln and so I kind of let it slide. I have taken classes in anticlastic raising with Micheal Good, forging with Cynthia Eid, weaving with Munya Upin and many other classes since that first class in PMC, all the while adding to my knowledge and skill set.
It is only lately that I have wanted to get back into the metal clay. Especially now that I know how to enamel. I would love to marry the two things. So I bought a kiln from Pam East. I have signed up for a class with Linda Kaye Moses and I am almost ready to go. Today while I was setting up my studio to make room for the kiln, I listened to Kate and felt the interview was especially for me.