Turtle Pottery

Why a Turtle?

by on Nov.19, 2005, under pottery

Learning to do pottery was a graduation gift to myself.  After 7 years of working on a Ph.D. and putting off doing fun stuff, the time had come to express myself in a new way.  I had my first lesson in July 2005.  I asked Melissa Bridgman, a local potter and friend, if she’d be willing to teach me how to throw.  After the first couple of lessons, I knew I’d found a new hobby.  I caught on quickly and loved it!

Rather than carving my initials or ink stamping the bottom of a piece, I wanted to stamp my pieces.  So, I carved a turtle and that is my moniker.

But, why the turtle, you ask?

I like turtles, I always have.  I like to think that we have some things in common – tough on the outside; soft on the inside; and relatively self-sufficient.  But more than that, I’m a slow potter. I’m a slow thrower, a slow trimmer, and a slow glazer.
What’s the rush, anyway?  I don’t make pottery to sell pottery.  I make pieces that I enjoy making, things that I find interesting or challenging. If people want to buy them, great; if they don’t, great.  Not to sound too cliche, but it’s the journey from mound of clay to formed vessle to glazed piece that I enjoy.  I like to experiment with shapes and tools and textures.  I like to mix glazes and see what comes out.  Sometimes it great, sometimes not.  And, that’s just fine with me…
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