New studio and new direction for 2018

As we reach the end of 2017, I am trying to slow back down and reflect on achievements and learnings for the year passed. Needless to say, it's been crazy and hectic.

I started a new pottery studio with two others (Deb Taylor and Agatha Pupaher) in a bid to provide space to the growing number of people in our community interested in this art and craft.

After a few months, however, I discovered that trying to balance running a studio, with work, my own ceramic practice and most importantly supporting my family, was too much. I had all of a sudden gotten 'busy' again and lost sight of why I had made the decisions in my life to slow down a few years ago.

So it was time to break away and go on my own as a ceramicist/potter.

 scenes from my new studio dec 2017

scenes from my new studio dec 2017

Moving studios will allow me more concentrated focus on developing my skills and growing my business into the future. And I am hoping to share with you some of the new things planned early in the new year.

My new studio also now allows me to spend quality time with my growing son and the rest of my family. As I get older, I realise even more the importance of family. They are the ones who will always be by my side, no matter the circumstances and I have to cherish every moment and opportunity to be with them.

How did you get started?

Many people ask me how I got started with ceramics. And to be honest, the answer is not a profound calling! The truth is, I got started with ceramics because I had enough of constantly buying stuff online and thought to myself ... surely it would be easy to make myself a dinner set.

With a new goal at hand, I spent all night trawling through the internet trying to find a pottery course close by ... finally found one ... enrolled in the next available course ... and patiently waited for the first day to arrive. This was back in early 2013.

After my first lesson I was addicted. However, it wasn't easy! The first pieces I made were awful, but at the time, I thought it looked great :-) Surely this thing I have just made could pass as a cup, and surely I can make 8 of these exactly the same.

Well, over four years on and my family is still waiting for our dinner set made by me and also a set of matching cups to drink from. They could be waiting for a while. We only use seconds/samples at home!

I have never looked back from that first lesson. I have found a new passion where I can create, really slow my thoughts and pace of living. I am also honoured to be able share the beauty of handmade with you, which I hope you all enjoy.

 

 learning to throw

learning to throw