I was retired from my professional life. The titles were impressive enough: Dr. Donis, MD, DDS, board certified in plastic surgery, but I was finished. Then a friend, who thought I had too much time on my hands, came along and gave me a gift certificate for a ceramics class. That was four years ago and it’s turned into a consuming hobby.
I’ve learned that it isn’t easy to throw a perfect pot. It’s a challenge and a skill that comes slowly. I am always hoping to produce something aesthetic with an artful glaze. I control what I can, but what comes out of the kiln is usually a surprise. The unexpected is what’s so exhilarating about the process and it’s what I find intriguing. The pieces aren’t manufactured and they are rarely flawless. I’m certain that there’s always more to learn and I’ll probably always consider myself to be a novice. But, although I am critical of some of the work, there are pieces that I am fond of and that I would probably like to jealously guard if I had the room.
I prefer to throw work on the potter’s wheel instead of hand building. The pieces are high fired to cone 10. They are functional and food safe.