I am a member of CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists For Tomorrow), a non-profit trade association. This week I was recognized by their annual American Craft Week celebration as one of twenty-four exceptional craft people “who began their working lives in a career other than craft.” American Craft Week is a national celebration of handmade American craft each October. Open studios, special shows, and organized events are scheduled to take place at the same time each year to spotlight the beauty and value of American craft. Click on this logo to view my award!
The application process for this recognition made me think about the progression of my life in art. My experience with ceramics started as a creative outlet, evolved into a passion and has become an encore profession. I love the idea of a second act in life; I hadn’t really thought about my own clay experience in those terms, but it makes sense.
Craft has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was always tinkering at making art, even as a child. As an adult, it’s gratifying to be able to continue this enthusiasm for creating objects that other people can use and enjoy in their daily lives. And to be recognized for something I just love to do is icing on the proverbial cake! What's your second act? I'd like to know more about it! Click on photo or comment below to let me know!