I recently showed my very first pot alongside a mug I made in the last few months in a show called Then & Now. I titled the piece Dumb Lucky. It's an attempt at a ceramic maté gourd that I made in 2007 during my first clay class at St. Michael's College. The form is a little clunky, but overall pretty well thrown. I got... well... dumb lucky with the glaze, as I had no idea what I was doing. I'll never part with that one. It was on a bookshelf at home for years, but after showing it a couple months back I have been keeping it on my desk in the office at the studio.
I spent the next six or so months making far less successful pots... HEAVY, unbalanced forms I like to call robber stoppers. My parents have a bunch of these, mostly bowls, that inevitably get broken out for family dinner when I'm visiting. Much to my chagrin. Most everything else from that era has been turned into mosaic material.