When I started down this path of mud, I suspect many people who knew me were a bit surprised...maybe even very surprised. I had not talked much about my desire to learn how to use the potters wheel as I knew it was going to be a "retirement" event.
People have truly surprised me with their support and encouragement. Friends and family have shown great interest in my work and have even purchased some pieces. Another friend has started selling some of my pet bowls and treat jars in her store. I have been honored when asked if I could provide a few pieces for a couple charity events (silent auctions) and most recently was asked to create a couple of pieces for a friend who has been collecting pottery for many years!
Then you have the pottery community. The studio where I go likely has 100+ people who come in and make pieces - porcelain, hand-building, wheel, slip-cast, etc. Some of these individuals have been doing this for 40+ years. Others are like me...quite new to the pottery world. But it is a community of like-minded, creative, individuals that gladly share their techniques, encouragement, critique, and at times, even their tools.
All of this has combined to make this one of the most creative periods of my life. I feel empowered to continue down this path for as long as I want and to embrace the power of my community, my friends, my family in their ongoing support. It is truly a very powerful feeling and one that I will be forever grateful for.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement!