At this point in my life, I'm no longer entertaining the idea that I will be recognized as a 'master' of my craft; but I do still aspire to master my mental jumble, and be able to sort out my delusions from the truth, and accept what is.
When I was younger I was rather conceited and thought that becoming a great master or a great leader, or some other kind of public figure, was the only way I could make my life meaningful.
Happily for me, I've figured out that there is more to everyone - including me - than their level of public recognition; and so it is with pleasure and a free heart that I celebrate the masters that I admire and the mentors who guide me.
Here is a quote by curator and writer Doris Shadbolt about the ceramic artist Wayne Ngan; a brilliant encapsulation of the genius of a master of his craft.
Ngan's holistic approach to art is neither sought after nor capable of realization by most craftspeople today, but his example has the force and persuasiveness of the committed and productive visionary. Out of this commitment have come works that reassert pottery's fundamental meanings while at the same time they echo some of its great moments in time."