Thoughts from a spinning pottery wheel

As you know I like to mix things up every now and again with the kinds of blog posts that I make. This one is definitely more of a personal nature – I’ll be unveiling some new additions to the shop next week so be sure to check back!

I’ve done quite a few interviews for both blogs and e-zines now and I quite often get asked the question ‘how did you get into pottery?’ After all it’s not a very common hobby for the average 20 something!

working at the wheel

More recently though I’ve been thinking less about the how’s and more about the why’s. No one ever really asks me about the ‘why’ and an awful lot of crafters will say that they re-evaluated their lives after a major event, more mothers really want to spend time at home with their kids which I think is a great thing all round.

Unfortunately though my why isn’t quite as happy as some others. I think when you experience loss in life that you not just reflect on the person who’s gone and what impact they’ve had but also your own journey and where it’s going. I think this phrase says it best ‘time is our greatest non-renewable resource’, I can’t remember where that comes from but its true.

pottery wheel

Once you’ve ‘spent’ time its gone forever and it can’t be reclaimed, unlike those pots that didn’t quite work out in the slurry bucket. Sometimes I think maybe making pots is a trivial way to spend time but it makes me happy and I hope that before each parcel goes out it brings a bit of daily joy to the person who loves and uses each pot in it’s hopefully forever home.

I don’t think I’d be here without my fabulous buyers though who’ve really grown my little business into what it is now. I still get really excited and energised by working with you. I’d like to thank all of you who’ve bought pieces from me, follow the blog or follow me over on Twitter and Facebook!

5 thoughts on “Thoughts from a spinning pottery wheel

  1. gz says:

    Having lost in my life recently too, I can agree on its effects.
    Devastation, re-evaluation, now joy in carrying forward work, both in garden and pots, that we discussed. I somehow think that my Typical Welsh Farmer wasn’t!
    Doing this gives joy in work now and relieves the loss, making me appreciate even more the person now missing from my life and that of the village.

  2. Victoria says:

    Sorry to hear it gz, I do think its sad when you loose someone but its nice to have had all those great memories of the life that you shared together.

  3. Me says:

    I Love the concept of loving an item, respecting it, taking care Of it and i love keeping it for a long time things shouldnt be disposable or at least not made to be so.. I think its cool to knoe that the pot in which u are having your tea was not made by an overworked kid in china but by someone who really enjoyed making it .. its almost noatalgic to me Understanding this has given a whole new direction to my life because just thinking about this makes me more involved on my living wich in turn makes me feel like i live more making losses in my life look diferent too. I think that nothing is lost nor can be lost and the people we love are in our hearts and will forever live in and through us just like your pieces of potterry wich will take a little of you to wherever they go 🙂

  4. Victoria says:

    Thanks for your comment! : ) Its true that people who you’ve known in life help to shape you as a person. I’ve been quite fortunate in that I’ve known many strong females in my family and I think that has had a deep influence on me.

  5. Kate says:

    Yep…making things had always been cathartic for me too.

    Totally agree that time is such a precious resource. I think I only really realised that after having kids! I regret all those wasted hours/days/weeks/months!!!!

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