Although the arts have been a part of my life since childhood, I never considered becoming a potter until later in life. I was exposed to pottery through my parents who took my sister and I to pottery shops and fairs and used pottery in our house.
While working on my BFA and a minor in art history, printmaking and painting were more interesting to me. I had an interest in pottery, but the professors emphasized modern sculptural pottery and I didn’t want to pursue that at the time. I continued to draw after my BFA until very recently and renewed an interest in photography.
While in graduate school I obtained a job, under an archeologist, producing technical drawings of ancient pottery from an excavation in Israel. The pottery was from the Early Bronze period to the Iron II period (approximately 3300–500 BCE). I mainly used calipers and my eyes to measure the inside and outside curves and thicknesses of each whole or broken piece. Broken pieces were easy. Whole pieces had to be felt with my fingers and translated to paper. Little did I know that it was a great exercise for learning to feel my own pottery as I threw it on the wheel.
I decided to focus on pottery at this point in my life because I wanted to make art that can be touched and used. I have not given up my drawing and photography, but just added another medium in which to work. I find my background in other mediums, and the visual training, aid the decisions I make in designing my pottery. There are endless possibilities, ideas, and techniques in this medium. There is no room for boredom and someday I may produce one of those ceramic sculptural forms I didn’t like back in college!
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