I got to know other studio owners around the country who have become friends for life and found myself in an industry of wonderfully supportive, likeminded individuals with a shared passion for all things pottery. I felt inspired to have a complete career change, quit my job and immerse myself into opening my own studio. This is exactly what I did. I nervously opened the studio in 2016 and waited for the visitors to come.
Our visitors came for many reasons. We met lots of new born babies, capturing those tiny prints to keep forever. We have hosted many parties of excited children who look at you in amazement when you tell them they can do absolutely anything with their designs, giving the freedom to be creative and expressive. We have seen so many young, talented painters and grown ups some who have forgotten with busy lives, just how artistic they are. We see lots of families, welcoming the chance to sit together without electrical devices and have good, quality time together making their pieces. We also hear repeatedly about our painters feeling the therapeutic benefits of sitting calmly, relaxing and painting.
I still attend as many training sessions as I can, learning about products, new techniques and trends. I don’t really get the opportunity to paint in the studio myself these days so to sit and paint reminds me of what this is all about, that blank canvas, that idea and that amazing finished piece.
And the mugs? Well they still remain safely in my Mum’s kitchen, on the mug tree, in pride of place…