This week I got back some pottery I had recently glazed, although the pieces were thrown on the wheel last spring. I learned how to throw and glaze pots a few years back from Joe Vitek at the Cheseapeake Arts Center. Joe, who has become a good friend, is a master potter and marvelous teacher. The pieces were fired in his gas kiln. Joe puts them in the kiln himself, since the air must flow evenly around all the pieces to fire correctly at extremely high temperatures over several days. Firing takes skill, a bit of luck and alchemy. The glazes don’t look like the colors they will become through fire and chemical reactions so the colors seem magical when they are finally taken out of the kiln.
I am a writer, painter, and potter. I was drawn to writing late in life due to my professional life as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). I originally became an SLP because I liked science and needed to make money in some way. Speech-language pathology lead me to an interest in language, social communication, and writing. I am by nature a visual artist and dancer. I also practice the martial arts of jujitsu and aikido. I believe creativity heals ourselves and our society, and is a way to find an ethical, sustainable future.