I have pondered long about my life and career and when and how to start dropping my story in the clay water. There are so many stories of potters before me, potters with humble lives, potters with huge lives; masters and beginners that all helped to shape my life.
Not even to speak about all the legends out there, true legends, living legends, imaginary legends…..; whatever the case may be, there are many, many potters and their lives on who I built my career and to whom I owe a story.
Consider, if you will, just for a moment that pottery exists from 8000 years BC (according to open bible.info, there are 41 references in the Bible about pottery and 46 about clay) and then also that porcelain was discovered by Marco Polo in China in the late 1200’s. At that stage the Chinese were already making beautiful refined objects from porcelain.
The history of clay is everywhere to be found, particularly with the internet these days; therefore I am not going to come up with a repeat of what is not my specialty field. I’d rather want to bring the history of pottery and particularly porcelain into my studio and put my own work in context with clay.
So over the next few essays, I am going to tell you my personal clay story and how it was influenced and shaped by potters throughout history.