We have been very busy getting ready for our conference art fair which brings up the whole idea of comparing student art work and assigning awards to certain pieces. I always tell my students that the judges are humans with opinions. They may not like or “get” your piece but that doesn’t make it bad. If we took it to another art show, it could very well win. It is great to win, get awards and be recognized for our efforts as artists but that can’t be THE reason we do this. We just have to love it. We just have to have that inner voice that tells us to keep making stuff! It is a drive that keeps the starving artist from just giving up and getting a “real” job. So, no matter how we do at contest, we still have hundreds of pieces that were only months ago just supplies in a cabinet or clay in a box. Now, that is the cool! But can I still say quietly…..I love it when my students win!