I saw this post earlier, while looking at the ceramic tag.
Some girl started copying my designs on my coil pot. I got so mad, you can copy my math homework or my english homework, but please don’t be copying my imagination.
And then I thought of one of my favorite quotes about originality, by a guy named Jim Jarmusch.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.