The New Year has begun. And although I am optimistic about all 2013 has to offer, 2013 feels different…larger. Perhaps that is because while I am welcoming the new year, I am also welcoming a new decade of my life and as I am contemplating goals for 2013, I am also thinking about where I want to go in this new stage of life.
Working in clay has enhanced my life and pushed me beyond who I thought I could be. But now I am asking myself why I am making pots. I think that is a question all potters ask themselves. In fact, it is one I ask all my beginning students. Answers vary, but basically most of us can’t fight the compulsion to make pots.
That was my initial answer but I think that has changed. For a while, I made pots in order to make better pots. Learning how to throw was a challenge. But having accomplished the basics, it seems appropriate to ask the question again. Why am I making pots?
I love making pots; and I love the process. I like planning and investigating shapes and designs. I love how handmade pots enhance eating a meal and drinking a coffee. Now, I want to create pots that are beautiful and soulful and I think this is my next pottery quest.