Today I have been working on a new stamp. Before coming to grad school, I used to stamp my pots with a square “N” in the tradition of potters dating back hundreds, thousands of years. I’ve felt conflicted about stamping work in the past and took the opportunity in grad school to take a break from it. A stamp is a way of authenticating work. Historically, this is a very useful tool. In a contemporary context, it seems to me somewhat garish and self-important. Clutching to an idealism that verges on naivety, I want my work to be valued for the qualities inherent in the object itself, and not on its authorship. I have just a few months left of grad school, and I’ve begun to consider stamping my work again. I’m going to try it out on a few pots I make and see how it feels.