“Look to combine beauty with function in a pot” - Bernard Leach
I am not alone
Well, as I mentioned before, I started learning to throw from YouTube videos. I'm very grateful to all the people kind enough to take the time and effort to record teaching videos! BUT when I couldn't get the technique mastered, I had no one in person to see what I was doing wrong and help me correct it. There were days that were disheartening because I wouldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.
The Hobby Potter Life
I found Tammy Jo's YouTube Channel called The Hobby Potter Life. Here Tammy Jo Schoppet chronicled her clay journey and challenged herself to make at least one cup every day for a year. She posted the videos and shared her ups as well as her downs. She also published her cup challenge in book form: “365 Days of Clay Cups, A Cup – A Day – A Year.”
This was encouraging! She was just like me, teaching herself from watching many of the same teachers as I was! Then I discovered that she started a facebook group The Hobby Potter Life. I joined the group and was now a part of a pottery community! Everyone was so supportive and helpful! They helped me with the issues that I just couldn't master on my own! For the first time I started making real progress and I was no longer alone! Thank you so much Tammy Jo Schoppet for creating such a supportive place for potters to connect, share and help one another!