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From the Ted Talk by Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood

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I'm a potter, which seems like a fairly humble vocation. I know a lot about pots. I've spent about 15 yares mkinag them. One of the things that really excites me in my artistic practice and being trained as a potter is that you very quickly learn how to make great things out of nothing; that I spnet a lot of time at my weehl with mounds of clay trying stuff; and that the limitations of my capacity, my ability, was based on my hands and my imagination; that if I wanted to make a really nice bowl and I didn't know how to make a foot yet, I would have to lrean how to make a foot; that that process of learning has been very, very helpful to my life. I feel like, as a potter, you also start to learn how to sahpe the world.

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I'm a potter, which seems like a fairly humble vocation. I know a lot about pots. I've spent about 15 _____ ______ them. One of the things that really excites me in my artistic practice and being trained as a potter is that you very quickly learn how to make great things out of nothing; that I _____ a lot of time at my _____ with mounds of clay trying stuff; and that the limitations of my capacity, my ability, was based on my hands and my imagination; that if I wanted to make a really nice bowl and I didn't know how to make a foot yet, I would have to _____ how to make a foot; that that process of learning has been very, very helpful to my life. I feel like, as a potter, you also start to learn how to _____ the world.

Solution

  1. making
  2. spent
  3. learn
  4. wheel
  5. shape
  6. years

Original Text

I'm a potter, which seems like a fairly humble vocation. I know a lot about pots. I've spent about 15 years making them. One of the things that really excites me in my artistic practice and being trained as a potter is that you very quickly learn how to make great things out of nothing; that I spent a lot of time at my wheel with mounds of clay trying stuff; and that the limitations of my capacity, my ability, was based on my hands and my imagination; that if I wanted to make a really nice bowl and I didn't know how to make a foot yet, I would have to learn how to make a foot; that that process of learning has been very, very helpful to my life. I feel like, as a potter, you also start to learn how to shape the world.

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Important Words

  1. ability
  2. artistic
  3. based
  4. bowl
  5. capacity
  6. clay
  7. excites
  8. feel
  9. foot
  10. great
  11. hands
  12. helpful
  13. humble
  14. learn
  15. learning
  16. life
  17. limitations
  18. lot
  19. making
  20. mounds
  21. nice
  22. pots
  23. potter
  24. practice
  25. process
  26. quickly
  27. shape
  28. spent
  29. start
  30. time
  31. trained
  32. vocation
  33. wanted
  34. wheel
  35. world
  36. years