As a beginning potter, I kept every piece I made – good, bad or indifferent. Just to make a pot from start to finish was a goal. I think most people new to clay feel this way.
Now, especially when I’m making a new form or creating an idea from my head, the process to getting it right outweighs just getting it done. And clay can be very forgiving in the early stages before it is fired. So after I have made a pot and it’s just not the way I want it, I will break it apart and recycle the clay. No harm, no foul. This permission (to myself) to take a ‘do over’ has freed me to experiment and grow. It’s not always about just getting to the finish for me – it’s about enjoying the process along the way and making something I love in the end.