I've been working on creating an artist's statement and thinking about my story.
I started my journey into ceramics around 2018 in my early 40's. I was immediately hooked by the friendly community I found in the pottery world in my in-person classes and online. I continue to go to weekly classes for the cameraderie. I like to continue my education by learning from different teachers and by visiting studios in other parts of the state and world. Everywhere I go I love to meet potters! In my experience, we are a welcoming bunch and we love to share tips and tricks!
I was that kid who always doodled, had my nose in a book, and loved to write poetry. I became an adult who mostly mothered small children (now big), had a career in finances, and who dabbled in different media like watercolor, oil pastel, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink, etc. Art has always been my favorite form of therapy.
I chose the name Buddha Cat Pottery because of my collection of Buddha Cats that I figured could be fun props at sales and because I'm a little bit of a crazy cat lady with a curious nature. The Buddhist part is a nod to Secular Buddhism.
Secular Buddhism—sometimes also referred to as agnostic Buddhism, Buddhist agnosticism, ignostic Buddhism, atheistic Buddhism, pragmatic Buddhism, Buddhist atheism, or Buddhist secularism—is a broad term for a form of Buddhism based on humanist, skeptical, and agnostic values, valuing pragmatism and (often) naturalism, eschewing beliefs in the supernatural or paranormal.
So: Creating, Connecting, Cats, Clay is a big part of why I'm here today. Thanks for coming along for the ride!