I started reading the blogs of Doug, Andrew, Paul and Matt back in early 2008 and was transported to the pottery studios of England through their words and photos. I think this is where my reading less books all began. I used to sit down every evening and read a book and I found myself, instead sitting down with my laptop to read blogs. I found other blogs through these four and lurked about for a while before I figured out the comments thing. I started thinking that I might like to have a blog, but really had nothing to blog about and didn't really feel worthy of actually calling myself a potter. I was still struggling with making a bowl and a mug! And then..........
I fired my first wood kiln with my good buddies Susan and Laura and I felt like a real potter and I was bursting with enthusiasm and wanted to tell everyone I saw about this firing. Look at our faces! I can still remember the feeling of seeing the dawn break the morning we finished firing and I still remember that first peek in the kiln. And so, in May of 2008, my blog began. This is just another creative outlet for me. When I was a kid I made collages and painted. When I was a designer I made story boards and drew floor plans. When Wes was little I made scrap books. Now I create with clay, but I still like to lay out words and images and blogging is a natural extension of all of this- photographing fun things I do, telling fun stories, fussing about injustice, whining, meeting interesting people, passing on a cool idea, sharing music and books and bragging about my family, friends and students. I have lots of opinions and don't mind expressing them, much to my husband's dismay sometimes, I see lots of things I want to tell everyone about, I like sharing any information I have that I think might be helpful to others, I like when people share information with me so that I can learn more, and I like the support I get when I'm having a rough day or having a pity party, as we all know I have from time to time. I've had a place to stay and have been fed from time to time thanks to potters like Meredith Heywood and Michael Kline, I have had my own personal video tutorials from Brandon Phillips, which taught me more than some teachers, I have received wonderful gifts from potters like Hollis Engley, Jen Mecca, Carol Epp, and Trish Denholm, I get posts lifting me up when I need it most from Judy, Linda, Gay, Meredith, Jen, Ron, Joy, Paul, Cindy, Cindy,Patricia, Ang, Jim, Andrew, Kari, Laura,Judi,Jeff, Peter, Tig, Blaine,Doug, Matt, (I know I am going to leave someone out, just leave your name on a post here!!!!) and soon I will be a part of an amazing show in Southern Pines that Meredith is putting together with all of these bloggers that I talk with every day. So Meredith asked us to write about why we blog. I blog to share information that I hope will help other potters that might be struggling with the same thing I was struggling with, I blog to ask questions of those more experienced than me, I blog to share some happiness that I can't keep to myself, I blog to brag about my talented daughter and husband (hope that isn't too obnoxious, but I love them!) I blog to read about others that are bragging and sharing their happiness about their families, I blog to be transported to another part of the world for a brief moment, I blog to get a sanity check, just to make sure, I blog to get opinions on things I am unsure of, but mostly I am blogging with new friends that get what I'm doing, because they are doing it too. It's a weird life to explain and understand and I am really glad all of you are there at the touch of a keyboard and a monitor when I need you! Blog On Mates!
Laura Farrow, me and Susan Wells toasting our first wood firing, May 2008