Forty one days

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That’s how long it’s been since I had wet clay in my hands. We’ve had an amazing summer, and it’s not that I haven’t been working… I’ve spent many fantastic days sketching and gleaning inspiration from some of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish coastline and mountains – I’m now brimming with ideas as a result. I’ve also been writing my regular posts and enjoying the feedback and support that you have given in return. However, today was the day to get back in front of the wheel. My youngest has just started her first year of pre-school, so that now gives me at least three hours every day in the studio. Like everyone says, it took a while to get back into the rhythm of throwing, but once I’d got going it was truly great. It’s days like these that make me realise why I’m doing this – it’s not only that I’m hoping to earn a living, but because this is something I really love.

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11 thoughts on “Forty one days

  1. When I left school I worked as a potter for about 14 years…just 2 of us in a small pottery with hand built kilns (no thermostats – we had to wait until the orton cones bent until we could turn them off – often an element would blow and it would be 2 or 3 in the morning before I could go home). I left to work in IT as the money was so much better and I had a new wife and couldn’t afford to keep us on the pottery wage (some weeks I just wouldn’t get paid – depending on how many pots we sold – if none sold then no pay). I have never touched any clay since – it has been 25 years since, but I would love to get a little home kiln and a wheel and see if I can still throw a pot. Maybe when I retire….

  2. Juliet, I echo what you said. When I read your first sentence, I thought, “I have been doing the same!” The past few weeks have been so packed I haven’t been able to do what I enjoy almost as much as taking pictures – editing/reworking my photos. I’ve taken over a thousand and have only gotten a handful processed. But isn’t it wonderful to have a few hours to loose yourself in happiness? Can’t wait to see what you have for us!

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