Threw my first pot in 2008 in a teaching studio (Charlie Cummings), and was hooked. Classes at the local university, and I now have a studio in the cellar of our 160 year old house. Surrounded by furnace, water heater, and water softener, I have an old sink and a floor drain. Everything I need is there, plus a kiln in the garage. I'm in heaven!
In my 8th decade, I'm doing this for fun and giving away anything I make that turns out okay. I'm getting better. Don't plan to stop until my poor hands give out!