tammy jo schoppet
Wheel-thrown clay is a beautiful metaphor for the ebb and flow of our lives. A simple mound of clay is formed into a vessel, and gains strength when put through the fires of a kiln (or life). The potter has formed it, uniquely individual with a specific purpose in mind. Being that we are made up of the same elements found in the earth, and pottery being the chosen example the Creator uses to describe our existence, there is a connection that is undeniably surreal.
As a teen I worked at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA. I became completely absorbed in the pottery as I noticed actual fingerprints of ancient potters thousands of years before me. 25 years later I was recommended for health reasons, to relax with a new “hobby”. It had to be clay! In 2011 I started the YouTube video series, “365 Days of Clay Cups” sharing my adventures as I learned to throw on the pottery wheel. In 2016, to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the project, I published the entire “before & after” journey in a book,“365 Days of Clay Cups” A Cup – A Day – A Year. “A Hobby Potters “Excellent Adventure” Learning the Art of Pottery” I continue to exploring clay and enjoy sharing my learning journeys through YouTube projects.
Beauty to me is “Perfectly Imperfect”…The love of a perfect form inter-mingled with different organic imperfections are what I hope to convey throughout my work. Because our natures as people are imperfect, I enjoy making the connections of healing. Past imperfections doe not mean that our futures can not take these scars and make them into beautiful! These two elements combined are the ingredients that speak to me… it’s human, it’s real and it’s always unique.