New beginnings are so exciting, and as the year end approaches I am filled with anticipation for what 2016 may bring. I have a new journal and am already filling it with hopes and dreams for Lydia Nicholson Pottery in the next 12 months.
But before I look forward, I'd like to look back. And not just a little back.. how about a few years...
December 2013 - After much turmoil, and praying, reconsidering and anxious moments I decided to quit my job as a nurse. Although there were many parts I loved, overall it left my anxious, empty and unhappy. At this point I had no idea I would pursue clay the way I have. I had been taking classes at a local college for a few years and the connection was undeniable , but I'm not a dreamer or a risk taker, and the thought of owning a kiln seemed out of reach.
April 2014 - We found out we were pregnant with baby #3. A little irrelevant, but also the springboard for me eventually realizing I didn't want to give up pottery, but knew I wouldn't be able to spend the same amount of time at the college.
December 2014 - I think my day kinda went like... check email, "oh there is a kiln sale", ran the idea by my husband, and took the plunge and ordered the kiln. Kinda crazy and very spontaneous for me, but there has been no looking back. I was right, after my daughter was born I hadn't been able to a make it to the college at all. Having a home studio has been such a dream. Some days I felt like it has saved my sanity. Those hours alone with my wheel would re-center and leave me ready to enjoy mothering, wife-ing, and running a home.
February 2015 - Etsy shop opened. I remember the nerves. It felt like such a big deal. A dream come true! But also the thought of my pieces on the world wide web left me feeling vulnerable. My skin has toughened since then, and as I've navigated the world of Etsy and Instagram I look back and am so proud of what I have learned and how far I've come.
May - Dec. 2015 - A handful of shows and a hopping Etsy shop, not to mention all you locals who have popped by for a little shopping. I'm just so grateful for each sale I've made. Thank you for your love, encouragement and support. I feel like I will always remember those who have supported me in my first year! It has meant so much. As the year comes to a close I've started this website and have a few other exciting things on the go.
That brings us up to speed. I am always so curious of other potter's journeys, so I thought I'd share mine. Please leave a comment and tell me a little about yourself.