I have reached an important decision in my clay life that I want to share with my forum friends. I love my journey in clay and want to always be moving forward, improving and learning. I have always assumed that since I want to be a good potter I would eventually need to start mixing my own glazes, but have been putting off that step. I have been dreading all that glaze mixing entails and I know you all know what I mean by that.
Last week I realized that clay is something I do because I want to do it, not because I have to, and mixing glazes because I feel I have to will take too much of the joy away for me. So I'm not going to do it. Why should I, when OTHER PEOPLE have done it for me, and very well at that. I am happy with the commercial glazes I use and am always trying out new ones and new combinations and techniques. I teach a few beginners classes and sell a few pots at a gallery and that pays for my habit and makes me happy.
I feel as if a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I am at peace with never becoming a "real potter".