I spent over 60 years organizing and controlling my life. From a young age, I was an explorer and adventurer. I approached life with a decidedly left-brain approach as demonstrated by a number of years spent as a computer systems analyst and programmer.
For me deciding to “retire” was not a decision to retire from being active but to free myself from a perceived need to earn an income and also to explore my right-brain. Retiring freed me from the need to define success in a materialistic manner. Self-expression and discovery seemed like a natural direction for me and art seemed like the perfect vehicle. I love working with my hands and pottery felt like a good choice.
My point is that I come to ceramic art with a non-traditional approach. I want to explore. I am not driven by financial success or a need for recognition – I certainly do not object to these and recognize that they can be useful.
I have now been doing ceramic art for almost 8 years and rather than building a consistent body of work (many have told me I need to do this), I continue to explore and experiment. I have a very full lifetime of diverse experiences to bring to my self-expression. It could be said that adventure is my consistent theme.