A Humorous Look at Expertise

by Kassandra Lamb ~ I’ve talked about expertise before HERE, asking the questions what is expertise and how do you know when you have enough of it to teach something to others.

A Humorous Look at Expertise: my sugar bowl

But I recently stumbled upon a friend’s post from 2018 on the topic, and as always Barb Taub manages to make her point while also making you laugh.

Her post is about a potter on the Isle of Arran, where she lives part of the time. I went to this pottery while visiting her in 2019, and I came home with a sugar bowl that I love and a whole new respect for a truly expert potter. (Sadly, this gentleman passed away last year.)

Check out her post, The Clay is Free, for a chuckle and a tidbit of wisdom about expertise, as she tells the story of ordering two pots for her kitchen utensils — and “ten minutes, plus decades of expertise later,” he’d produced two lovely pots.

Expertise: the clay is free
Simon Thorborn, at his studio, Arran Ceramics (photo by Barb Taub)

Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida. Plus she has started a new police procedural series, also set in Florida—The C.o.P. on the Scene mysteries. And she writes romantic suspense under the pen name of Jessica Dale.

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  • Reply
    Barb Taub
    January 25, 2022 at 2:38 am

    Thanks so much for the mention and the reminder of Simon, who is sorely missed.

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    Kassandra Lamb
    January 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    I’ll bet he is! Such a talented man. Hugs!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    What a wonderful way to remember someone. Based on the pictures, he was very talented.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      January 26, 2022 at 11:44 pm

      Tracy, I only met him once, but the pots in his little showroom were amazing. If I’d had room in my suitcase (and could have afforded the weight charges) I would have brought home a whole set of dishes!

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    Debra Pruss
    January 27, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    He is so talented. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      January 27, 2022 at 8:12 pm

      He really was. And I love Barb Taub’s sense of humor!

  • Reply
    susan atkins
    February 1, 2022 at 12:14 am

    He has beautiful pottery-he was a very talented artist

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      February 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm

      He was, Susan. I love my sugar bowl. I smile every time I look at it.

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