I retired from the practice of medicine in about 2000. The titles were impressive enough: Dr. Donis MD, DDS, board certified in plastic surgery, but I was finished. I then taught anatomy and physiology for the Seminole State College nursing program for several years. However, 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 about five years ago, and it's turned into a consuming passion. As chance would have it, I've landed up spending what is probably an inordinate amount of time working out of the Orlando Pottery Studio.
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 space.
All pieces are food safe. They are fired to cone 10 (2345 degrees), and are oven and microwave safe.