Cable was certainly a capable researcher, but teaching was her first love. The idea of change, of transformation, of clay as a metaphor for life was part of the humanistic approach that Cable used so effectively in her teaching. Even though Cable could be a strict taskmaster at times, her energetic and charismatic nature was infectious with students. A lengthy waiting list for the ceramics classes was the result of Cable's ability to weave historic information, personal observations, Bible passages, and poems into an engaging storyline. Cable's storytelling voice, which she used so effectively in her demonstrations and teaching, was a large part of why ceramics classes flourished at UND.