When I first began my pottery journey, all I could think about was learning how to throw on the pottery wheel! I started 365 Days of Clay Cups video series, a day at a time, growing new throwing skills, glazing techniques and handle making. I’ve been exploring clay ever since!
Started as a way to heal, I have been 12 years on this exciting Hobby Potter journey…. I’ve seen potters come and go. Some who began along with me have grown into professional potters. I’ve also seen hobby potter friends”change it up” and move into other directions. They have become ceramic teachers, glassworkers, social media “clay” influencers, and even business owners who are developing supplies to help potters with their claywork! You just never know where your clay hobby can lead you.
There was a time…a long time… I felt guilty for wanting to explore more handbuilding and glazing techniques… (I know, it sounds silly, but track with me). Because I spent so much time sharing in video my love of wheel throwing, and also because of the simple word “potter” in “hobby potter”, it made moving away from it feel like a betrayal of sorts. What started out as a fun way to share my clay adventures, became a box I put myself in. During COVID and the last 3 years, I’ve finally realized, it’s all part of the clay journey.
Claywork can have many faces. While I still love my time on the wheel, throwing has become more utilitarian to aid my more creative ideas with clay. I`ve decided to embrace wherever my hobby potter clay adventures take me, and begin sharing my journey again in video!
It could be wheelwork, could be tablework, could be molds, mosaics, or it could be sculpture. There is not enough time in life to do all that can be done with clay, so changing it up is where I’m going next in my clay journey with all of you!
“Where is your clay journey leading you?” , no limits, no boundaries… I’d love to hear about it!