"If you are going to be a potter, you need to have a truck." That's what one of my Art Professor's said many years ago. That's not bad advice - my first few vehicles were trucks (81 Toyota, 95 F-150, and 78 F-100) and each one was helpful for hauling materials and traveling to shows. But my latest work vehicle is a Volkswagen Jetta and for where we are at in pottery and life, she's perfect.
Here the Jetta is getting ready for an early morning pottery delivery.
It's about that time of year again. We're hoping to get a few good snows, reminiscent of the 09-10 winter. We made pottery out of our basement in the Shenandoah Valley back then. There wasn't a whole lot of room. My pottery wheel is just to the right of where I was pricing and packing these pots. If I stood on my tip toes I could scratch my head on the ceiling. Ya, it was a small workshop, but a sweet one.
There's a sign above the door in my pottery studio that reads Jehovah Jireh Pottery. Jehovah-jireh means the LORD provides and the sign is a reminder to me that God is the great provider. I love Him. I am forever grateful that he sent his son Jesus do die on our behalf. The great potter, Shoji Hamada, once said, "Making pottery should not be like climbing a mountain, it should be more like walking down a hill in a pleasant breeze." Granted, Hamada was far more skilled then I in making pots, I sometimes feel as though I am falling...