There are so many pottery resources. It is a very generous community –workshops, books, blogs, YouTube Videos, Websites, Galleries, Open Studios, classes, guilds. So much sharing. One could get sucked into the vortex of reading/talking/learning about pottery and never do pottery.
Julie and I attended a workshop with a woman who owned every tool available. Her tool kit was AMAZING and worth a small fortune. But, she didn’t make pots. In the course of 5 days, she made 2 pots. Sometimes you have to drop the pretense and engage with the clay because there is more benefit in doing all that you are merely planning to do.
I learn a lot by looking at pots, taking workshops, and attending gallery shows. But, I learn the most by engaging with the clay.