My biggest leap forward this year was the result of leaving my teaching job at the end of 2013. I do miss the classroom environment and seeing my students/friends every week. But having all of my time devoted to studio work resulted in giant leaps forward in productivity, design of new pieces, more shows, and a whopping 40% increase in sales (not exaggerating ... I'm still trying to wrap my head around this number). I also never felt strung-out exhausted this fall, which had been the norm in previous years. Somewhere along the way this year, my work crossed over another threshold. After several years of applying, I was juried into the 2015 Smithsonian Craft Show, so next year is already looking bright.
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My name is Mea Rhee, and I am the potter behind Good Elephant Pottery. I make functional pottery for daily use, fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. My designs are minimal and rustic, and always functional. I consider myself "self-taught" in that I am not formally trained in ceramics, though I have had many wonderful teachers along the way. My degree is in graphic design, and most of my professional life has revolved around a busy design studio. In 2010, I was able to “retire” from design and devote a full-time schedule to the pottery studio. I put “retire” in quotes because I now work harder than ever before. It is a dream come true and I am grateful for this every day.
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