Master Advice From Ceramist Eric Abraham

Detail of "Robot 90715 Just HAS To Have His Morning WD-40 To Get Started Every Day" and "When the Chicken Flies" by Eric Abraham; porcelain

For as long as you can remember, people have been saying how talented you are and that you should be an artist. But where do you start and how do you know if you have what it takes?

Regardless of where you are in your career, there is always an opportunity to learn something new. As recognized leaders in our creative community, we’ve asked the artists in Kansas Masters to share what they’ve learned along the way, including what the word “master” means to them.

Hopefully, through their wisdom, you’ll feel a push in the right direction, or at least the inspiration you need to keep going and keep seeking.

Ceramist Eric Abraham says:

The word “master” would mean someone who has total rapport with their medium. When a “master” is working on a piece, she/he listens to what the material wants to be—it is like in kindergarten, you talk for a while and the material talks for a while. It is a dialogue with the material.

Practical and philosophical advice to someone who is learning their artistic medium: DO and keep DOing. Don’t be afraid. Learn all you can about art—all art. Check out art books from the Library. Read about Art. Go to museums, galleries, art shows as inspiration. Look and Look! If you find a medium that you feel comfortable with, pursue it with a passion. Art is Passion. Go to art openings and art shows—talk with the artists. Ask questions—there are no dumb questions. Simply put: IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ART!

Come see Eric’s sculptures at Kansas Masters, which runs September 2 through October 21 at the Sabatini Gallery.

Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.