I have been debating about starting a blog for several months. Here is the thing, I am not sure how to start. So although, I have several topics on which I would like to blog, I can’t post them until I get through the initial blog. The text in the template blog said “Hello World” which gave me the hopeless sense of talking to an empty room. Perhaps that will be.
I am a life-long journaler. Journaling helps me sort through my muddled mind. In my debate about whether to blog, I wondered if I would be able to edit myself. I don’t journal for an audience; but, a blog is for an audience. Then I thought about how I have really benefitted from the willingness of other bloggers to share of themselves so openly. I hope to offer some of that to anyone how happens to read my musings. So in an attempt to share some of my experiences and keep the website from feeling static, I am diving in.
I’m Rae. I live in eastern North Carolina with my husband, Jeff , and our two dogs, Bluu and Braum. I would say that I am a geologist by day and a potter the rest of the time, but that isn’t true. I am a full time potter – although I have an alternative income source because I moonlight as geologist for an environmental consulting firm.
I have been working in clay since 2003. In 2008, I bought a kiln and wheel – which meant I needed a place to put them. My husband, my dad, and several good friends built a studio for me. (Jeff built my studio and my website. He is a very good guy. )
I met Julie at Parks and Rec – she is as clay crazy as me. We started working together; and, in 2008, since neither of us was ready to fill a craft show booth, we shared one. Since then, we have continued our collaborative efforts – which we call ‘A Bit Off Center’.
So here it is… my blog about clay, friends, family, God, teaching, art, working, health, life, and everything in between.
Wow. so cool and awesome ! We ran into Jeff this past week. Gosh, we miss you guys. Love the site, the pottery looks awesome. I need a special coffee mug made for me come to think of it. Personal you know. Like in the same a way a blacksmith would make a dragon rider a special sword just for him. yea, that’s it. I will think on this as I hope you do to. Then when soon we come to visit your shop, we can discuss the details. Cya soon. Bob (and Deb, Tyler, Ben and Snickers)
Thank you for being the first commenter! Jeff has worked really hard on the website. I just do the pottery. I would love to make you a special mug and I would even make your Dragon her own water bowl! Stop by to see the studio sometime.
Rae- your pottery rocks! I have a good friend in Winterville, Jennie Martin, who would like to take one of your classes with me. You can teach us to be potterers. Will call you soon. Hope your last show went well. YOur website is cool.
Pottery classes are fun, and it would be a blast if you came!
Sat down to drool over your gallery and found your blog.. and have sat with my morning coffee and read and thought… how very blessed I am that you so freely share your gifts. Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher… you really do inspire us… we talk about you behind your back all the time 🙂 mostly thanks for being such a wonderful person. Keep on blogging sisterfriend.
Thanks so much! I can’t tell you how excited I was to have a comment – and a nice one too! I hope you were enjoying your coffee out of one of those wonderful mugs that you made. One of the best things about pottery is the many people I have met who share a passion/obsession with clay. See you in class!