But enough of making you jealous and on to the point of today’s post. As you may know, I have spent a good deal of time in this space investigating how pottery is a spiritual and sustaining force in my life. I have covered the ways in which clay has taught me to be a more thoughtful and centered person. As I wrote those posts, I sensed that they were meant for something bigger. But didn’t know what.
As I finished the 2010 winter/spring issue of Studio Potter magazine, it came to me. There on the last page was a call for articles with the writing prompt: Sustenance. Bingo! Pottery sustains me. So I set upon reworking my posts and rewriting them into a cohesive piece.
When it came around to submission time I was nervous. Here I was submitting an article for Studio Potter magazine and I wasn’t a studio potter. Egads. What was I thinking? The doubts crept in. But remembering that rejection wouldn’t be the worst thing that happened to me, I sent off the article. And so it happened that my article was accepted. I had the great privilege of working with Mary Barringer to strengthen the piece. It is heartfelt and I hope inspiring. If life gives you mud, make a mug.
Want to read my article and those of such pottery powerhouses as Josh DeWesse and Justin Rothshank? Go order your copy of The Studio Potter today. Even better become a member. If you don’t know anything about the magazine, check it out. In my humble, non-studio potter opinion, this is the best ceramics magazine going. It is heady. It is at times technical. But the mingling of voices and perspectives on a single subject is always rich and engaging. It taint cheap, but I have found it so much more fulfilling then flipping through the pages of other ceramics magazines which always leave me wanting.
Remember, make pots not war,