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I was a hairdresser for 20 years and retired 3 1/2 years ago to have a Total Knee Replacement. My transition from doing hair, which I loved, to making what I believe to be beautiful pottery pieces came about purely by accident. I co-owned my salon, and when I retired, she and I decided to sell the salon, she was not a hairdresser and I was, in all honesty not up to running a 7 booth salon/spa. I wanted to let someone else who was as passionate about the business to have a chance at making their own dream come true, so it was sold. My friend and co-owner of salon had a huge garage, and inside of it, we were looking for some chairs, and I saw out of the corner of my eye a Potters wheel, and a huge kiln. I became just a tad excited, and asked her if she did pottery and her answer was yes. Next came the question, would she teach me how to....and she said of course she would try. Once my hands touched the softness, the silkiness of…

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  • Born on September 17
  • Joined August 15, 2008

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clay, beads

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About

I was a hairdresser for 20 years and retired 3 1/2 years ago to have a Total Knee Replacement. My transition from doing hair, which I loved, to making what I believe to be beautiful pottery pieces came about purely by accident. I co-owned my salon, and when I retired, she and I decided to sell the salon, she was not a hairdresser and I was, in all honesty not up to running a 7 booth salon/spa. I wanted to let someone else who was as passionate about the business to have a chance at making their own dream come true, so it was sold. My friend and co-owner of salon had a huge garage, and inside of it, we were looking for some chairs, and I saw out of the corner of my eye a Potters wheel, and a huge kiln. I became just a tad excited, and asked her if she did pottery and her answer was yes. Next came the question, would she teach me how to....and she said of course she would try. Once my hands touched the softness, the silkiness of that first piece of clay, my mind and heart soared. It took many many months to be able to make anything worth calling "kinda good", but the process was just as satisfying as the outcome. My knee was having a difficult time bending, so we just discarded the chair, and for the last several years I now stand to throw clay. It is easier on me, and honestly the pieces are more beautiful than when I sat down to throw.
I am a person who needs to be doing something all the time. Even when I am sleeping my husband will tell you that I talk about doing things during the night. My studio was built 2 years ago as an anniversary present for me. It is my haven, my Happy Place, next to, of course being at the beach, and the minute I step inside I become calm, soothed, my body reacts to being in a place where lumps of mud are turned into Pottery pieces that are just waiting for a forever home to go to.
My 2 dachshunds usually are out there with me, they have their own bed, and when my electric fireplace is on, my youngest is right there in front of it, curled up, snoring. I put my Walkman in my ears, and "sing" along with whoever happens to be singing in my ears.
I cannot say that my pottery is any better than anyone elses, but what I can say, without a doubt, is that mine comes from the heart, ideas flow thru my fingers, and if it is a good day, my piece is born. From there it goes to a shelf waiting to firm up to trim, dry out, fire, glaze, fire again, and at the end of the cycle I say a prayer to kiln gods, and open up the kiln in hopes of doing my happy dance, both dachshunds dancing around my feet with me in celebration of a good day.
I hope my pottery touches some place deep inside of you, and you find something that will be treasured by you or someone you love.
That is my wish. My pottery deserves a place of honor in a home that will either use it, or where it can be placed somewhere where others can see it for what it is...A creation made with love, to be given in love, and to be enjoyed for many years.

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