My ex-girlfriend is an artist, and when she finished her degree she made as her final project a low table from beech and smoke-fired clay. She sold it for a four figure number at a new designers exhibition to one of the most prominant and prestigious people in the art world, and got comissions to make more by a Bond street jeweller who wanted one for his house in the south of France. Being a timid girl, she never followed it up because she didn't want to harrass the guy.
How's that for a waste of talent
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