When I started my first class at ClaySpace back in October of 2017, I had no idea the profound effect it would have on me. I did not know how it would become such an important part of my well-being and development as a person. I have always enjoyed artistic outlets, but after a couple of years, I realized how integral it was to help center and balance my mind and life in these crazy times. I look to clay as an outlet of comfort, joy and always feel gratitude, happiness and mindfulness when I am at ClaySpace and working with my hands, fellow students and RAs. I may not have immense talent, but I really love doing it. The idea of molding, creating and working with your hands is very rewarding. I love how things come together from nothing, how the glazes create surprises all the time and I love the creativity of my fellow students and teachers. I want to continue to grow and learn and experiment with the medium at my own pace and without feeling like I need to get things done within a short timeframe.
The respect I have for the clay and other materials is something that I did not understand. It is messy, unpredictable, inspiring, mesmerizing, frustrating, all at once and I want to know all about it! This love of working with clay developed over time but it was in the last couple sessions that I realized that I wanted it to become a real part of my life so I can continue to grow, experiment and learn from the artists around. I am excited to see what will come next!