Canton, MA--About 17 years ago, a friend asked me to join her in a pottery class. Neither of us had ever tried it and since then, I have been obsessed. My husband jokes that I look at the world as it relates to pottery. Just about anything can be used as a mold or tool for creating with clay. I have not found any part of making pottery that I do not like. I don’t even mind cleaning kiln shelves (much).
When I first started working with clay, I worked strictly on the wheel and still love creating new, fun pieces, such as the little squared off milk bottles and “flower pot” mugs and bowls and “favorite places” mugs. I like to do some hand-painting on some of this work and while it is very time consuming, the results are fun and whimsical. In later classes, I was introduced to the art of hand building. Creating with slabs, pinch pots and coils. I still cannot make coils (snakes as my husband says) very well, but I really enjoy working with slabs to make fish, pinecones, dinnerware and anything I can dream up.
It was my husband’s birthday that inspired me to begin making fish. I started with a striped bass, his favorite to catch at the Cape. A friend suggested that I try other species…and that was it. I have added black sea bass, flounder, bluefish, scup (my personal favorite), Cod and now, horseshoe crabs. I have so many ideas and not enough hours in the day. In the summer, summer I set up an outside workspace at the Cape, actually on Cove Lane, and whenever I can escape to create, I feel truly fortunate and enjoy every minute.