My name is Barbara Wilcox and I live in Windermere, Florida. I have been making pottery since taking my first class in college (University of Maryland) in the early ’80s. Since I worked full time, it was a great hobby that helped me relax and be creative. It was a great outlet since my job was very stressful. I usually created functional and decorative pottery/ceramics for friends, co-workers, and family. Along the way I also sold a few items here and there and what gives me pleasure is hearing from friends and family with pictures of ceramic items I gave them over 30 years ago and hearing how much they still enjoy them. Now that I am retired, I am so excited that I get to do pottery when I want, when I want, all year around. Two years ago, I turned my home office into a studio that includes a wheel and slab roller.
I have taken a few classes in Maryland and have also enjoyed learning from artists that the City of Orlando Pottery Studio has made available. Since retirement, I am also learning and enjoying meeting other potters throughout the US and Canada. They have been very open and honest in telling me the highs and lows of selling pottery in their own studios, farmer's markets, craft fairs, and/or honor system, which is fascinating. In summary, every single potter I met enjoys the business and would not change a thing. I take lots of notes during my visits and have a list of projects and ideas. I am grateful for their time and candor in sharing some of their learnings.
Since the beginning of my journey with clay, I have made functional and decorative pottery on the wheel or hand built. Just when I think I like the wheel the best, I start dabbling in handbuilding and I change my mind and like that better. I am hoping to take more classes and continue learning the never ending art of pottery/ceramics.
My body of work reflects what I feel at that particular time or place. I am still trying to figure out what my niche is or will be. In the meantime, I will continue having fun with clay.
In summary, I love making pottery. It is a constant source of joy and amusement, specially when opening the kiln to see how my pieces and different glazes turned out. I hope those who buy my pottery enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.
- Barbara Wilcox