I learned how to throw on a pottery wheel in 2009. My first projects were simple bowls. They were heavy and clunky despite the fact that they were not terribly large. These first bowls are still in use today, as cat food bowls. The cats don’t seem to mind how ugly they are and they don’t really move around when they eat. I keep them around to remind me of my beginnings in this endeavor.
I have been fascinated with creation my entire life. I loved to draw and paint, crochet and knit, sew and embroider even as a child. My mother bought me paint by number kits, or potholder weaving kits, beading kits, you name it. I usually picked these various activities up fairly easily. So when I encountered pottery it was a bit of a shock. I couldn’t just do it. No matter how hard I tried, they came out as heavy, awkwardly-shaped blobs. I took the beginner class multiple times. When my instructor finally thought that I was ready for the Intermediate class I was thrilled. Finally, I’m getting this!
I think this is why I am so enthralled with ceramics and pottery, because I had to work so hard to become competent at it. Once I gained some skill, I began to play around with different types of projects. Even today, it is all one big experimental, learning process for me. I constantly try new glazes, new decorative techniques, new types of projects. This constant experimentation keeps me coming back to ceramics with passion. I strive to grow, stretch, and explore this wonderful medium.
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