Serendipity in Ceramics
We often hold on to elements that don't fit in our lives, and there are moments when we make a conscious decision to change-- or when life makes that move for us. My life moved me to The Contemporary Art School of Austin.
I was working as a global product launch manager at a Fortune 100 when my path led me to ceramics. I was proficient at my job-- and the pay was the best I had ever made-- but at the end of the day I was left unfulfilled and felt I didn't fit in with the work culture.
After adding endless pottery inspirations on Pinterest, I decided to enroll in a waitlisted course at The Contemporary, thinking I could manage night classes after work. (You can add the pins that inspired me to your Pinterest board.)
Around mid-July in 2016, I received a call telling me that the waitlist opened and I happily signed up. The very next day my boss told me there was no longer a position for me.
In that moment, I felt free and told him he made the right decision. I remember the incredulous look on his face-- I should have been devastated, but instead of focusing on my loss, I saw a new path set before me.
Working with clay fed my inquisitive nature as there is no one way to approach the art form, and in that exploration I became a quick study. There is a catharsis in throwing on the wheel, and the tactility in shaping clay has allowed me to express myself nonverbally, which can be liberating when our minds become overloaded with information.
The Contemporary Art School of Austin is available to locals interested in ceramics, painting, photography, weaving, and more. Studying there was a catalyst for Little Clay Studio, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a new beginning in their life.