In the year 2010, one of my new year resolutions was to live a simpler life.
Not so easy when you live in the inner-city of Sydney and work in the fast moving high tech corporate world. I have to admit that I wasn’t very successful in simplifying my family’s life in the first three years, always succumbing to convenience shopping and procurement of services … and I must say that the fast lane started to make me feel empty and was also very draining.
So I started volunteering at a local community shelter which assisted the homeless and less privileged through providing basic services such as showers and clothing. This was about three years ago. Volunteering has been an eye opener for me and a very humbling experience. It has taught me that you don’t need a lot of things to survive. So many people have to go without.
At the beginning of 2013 I took my first pottery wheel throwing lesson and I have been addicted since. Learning the art of ceramics has taught me many things: how to slow down, the beauty of making things from scratch, the love that is put into the process, and it also teaches you how to be resourceful. It has also been very refreshing to meet and collaborate with people outside of my corporate world.
Each experience is a learning one for me.
I have learnt that it’s a tough job being a sole maker in your chosen art form. I have a lot of admiration for all the makers and artists out there: thank you for persisting and creating beautiful things.
I look forward to the many years to come and seeing how my ceramics and business ventures evolve.
Thank you for all your support!