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Bill R.

Member Since 31 Mar 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 16 2017 10:13 AM

About Me

I first fell in love with this craft as a young art student in our local senior high school which was blessed with a very special teacher and mentor who supported us both in and out of the class. The amount of clay we used up in that short time was amazing and we learned alot. A fellow student and I started our first studio shortly after graduating with little more than a couple of wheels and an electric kiln. With the support of our old teacher who offered us the use of his gas kiln (in exchange for gardening services) we began to make pots. We offered some pottery classes, sold some pots and were just able to make our rent each month. Life was good.
But reality forced it's way in and had us try a different path for a while and like so many struggling artists circumstances just always seemed to steer us away from getting back to our original path. Three grown boys later here I am getting back into what I hope will be a relaxed and enjoyable place where the exitement of learning is there again. My old workshop is now my studio which I have slowly set up with what I can buy used or make myself. Even the process of setting up this space has been enjoyable. I have made some very decent pots and have given every single one of them away. I know I can't always give them away but right now I am enjoying doing so very much.
Mine is a very common story I have learned as I meet and talk to others my age that are getting back into the craft but it is also a good story for all those others that early on in life have to make a change for a while. The path is always there and anytime you can just hop back on.

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