I used to think I was a very practical person, and that I should just make pots. But the more I discover of pottery, the more pots there are to like. So many styles, so many choices of finish, and too many techniques to count! I like to throw on the wheel and I like to hand-build, and sculpt, and glaze and....everything. I like everything, and that's the problem.
I can't seem to settle into any one style or genre. Everyone else seems to effortlessly float into their niche, and here I am, 8 years in (or is it 9?) and I am niche-less. I'm all over the map, sculpting stuff, making bowls and mugs, making boxes and chickens, with no theme or consistency in sight.
My pottery displays look like a a flea market. Even the colors don't match, because I can't settle on a glaze that I want to stick with. I am, however, beginning to see some patterns emerging, just a hint, that I might have a category some day--animals. I love putting birds, dogs, cats, bears, on my pottery. I can stamp them, paint them, draw them or carve them. They don't look finished until they have some living thing on them.
I like making my chicken planters, and dog dishes too. Another thing I like is to make things that are functional. I like the idea of my creations being used in every day life, and making every day life a little more special because my creation is in it.