I guess this blog doesn’t seem like most of the other pottery blogs out there, but I’m OK with that. I promise to have more pictures in the future, though, and I may even be less long winded and rant prone. Can’t tell right now what the future for this blog holds, but I kind of ran out of internet steam last week and started to question my commitment to blogging. Maybe I was just tired, or in a funk. I don’t know. I guess I felt like I was possibly losing my way a bit, and it seemed like some of my issue oriented posts were so much effort and I just didn’t have the time or energy.
But I don’t want to give the impression that I’m ungrateful to all the folks who have read my blog and especially those who have left me comments and who have become new members of my little world. I really appreciate the opportunity to share things that interest me and to hear what folks have to say about some of these topics. I hope folks continue to be provoked by my posts. Part of why I blog and read others’ blogs is that I want to learn new things. So if you are out there and have something to say please do so. I’d love to know who you are and what you are thinking.
So what else have I been up to lately? Well, finally getting back to making pots more consistently after a longer than anticipated break of only potting intermittently. Feels good to be back. I needed the break, but I also have way more pots than I can easily sell, so the pressure is a bit off for having to come up with new kiln loads. I also have this circulation issue in my hands and feet that I have suffered the last two Winters with. It makes working in my poorly insulated studio very difficult in cold weather. But now that its officially warming up I can make pots without much hassle. And to think that I used to look forward to Winters and throwing pots with chill water in a cold studio….
The other activity I’ve been up to is teaching classes at the local community arts center. I absolutely love teaching. I often feel that it brings the best out in me. Sometimes I have off days, sometimes I say the wrong thing or give bad advice, but more often than not I get to share something I’m passionate about with people who really care and who are interested in learning. Having this nurturing community really makes a difference. A few years ago I surprised myself to learn that if I never really make it as a full time potter but was able to continue teaching I would still be creatively fulfilled. Teaching matters that much to me.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll end this post by sharing a great video of Taylor Mali on the value of teaching that Brandon Phillips just posted on facebook:
Til next time….