In middle school I remember wanting to ‘fit in’ with my peers by wearing the similar popular brand of clothing at the time and participating in like-minded group activities. By trying to be the same, I think each of us was learning to get comfortable with our individuality and what makes us unique. As an adult, I realize the importance of embracing our different talents while recognizing our shared humanity. One of the things I do well is make stuff (and I am proud to say I’m pretty good at it)!
Making is part of my DNA. This is the way my brain is wired and I’ve learned over the years to use this capacity to my own benefit. I like construction – seeing all the parts and then putting them together. It’s probably why I like the challenge of creating new forms in clay. I’m also learning that this creativity has value – both practical and monetary. Creating colorful fun and functional clay forms is one of my unique talents; the end product conveys this sense of whimsy and provides a use for its owner. It’s not only about the hours that go in to making a piece – it’s also the creativity and distinctive touch of my hands that adds value to the end product.
We all have our talents. And they are all different. This is what makes our community thrive – our differences as well as our shared desires.