I don't usually post in this space about my pottery, preferring to leave that to my pottery blog, Forrest Pottery. However, I just finished a full set of dishes and it's kind of a milestone for me. You see, when I was 19 I decided I wanted to make a set of dinnerware. I thought, with all of youth's hubris, that I could do so in a single month. Life intervened and except for brief classes here and there, I set pottery aside in favor of my family and job.
In 2000, my best friend died from a fall down the stairs of her retirement home. She had only been there a matter of weeks. When I visited her family they showed me that she had never even unpacked the boxes of craft materials she had been saving for her retirement. After much grief and tears, I decided that I would not arrive at my retirement or death without doing the one thing I had always wanted to do: pottery. I built my studio that same year.
I continued to work until I was laid off just short of retirement age. What a mixed bag that was for me! On the one hand, I lost my career, my health insurance, and my retirement pension. What I gained was the ability to care for my mother in her last few years and the opportunity to finally study and master my craft. I did both.
Yesterday I took the final load of dishes from my kiln. These will not be for me, but for my daughter. I feel like I've come full circle. I did finish the set in a summer, just 45 years later! I'm mostly pleased with them and I know my daughter will like them. All the determination and passion of my youth and all the skill I gained since then went into those dishes.
This is what satisfaction looks like.