There comes a time in your life (or the fork in the road), when you want to follow your interests, hobbies, passions, or try something new…..I have chosen that path and it is Fat Robin Pottery. In the past 45 years I have worked for many people and now I want to work for me, Fat Robin Pottery. Pottery is a passion and a hobby–I am not a professional potter who makes a living out making and selling pottery…God bless the professional potters–they are to be commended…I am a lifelong learner and this is my 10th year of learning ceramics and I will continue to experience clay and to share my experiences with clay as long as I am physically and mentally able! In this process, it would be nice to earn enough money to support this addictive clay habit …
Why Fat Robin Pottery? As many of us do in the morning, I sit at the computer and look out the window. My “out my window view” is my small back yard which includes a garden with a bird bath in the middle of it…as a morning routine, a certain fat robin would come for his morning dip–and dip and cleanse and splatter most of the water over the sides of the bath. After a couple weeks of watching and enjoying this ritual, the “ah-hah” moment hit me–Fat Robin Pottery! (and for all you potters, when you google “fat robin”, Robin Hopper appears..)
My pieces tell a story, which is similar to teaching an elementary school student how to write a story. The setting is the item description–a blue mug or a slip trailed bowl or a sgrafitto tile. The plot and story line is all the steps it took to create this piece, the evidence being all the finger marks, scratches, surface marks, glaze drips, shape, and the form that remains after it has been created. The characters are all the tools (and their marks) that were used, and the clay, and the glazes and how they all interacted. And the ending, which includes all of the above, is the finished product! It is what it is–no matter how hard I try, my pieces always have a story to tell and you can read it just by examining the piece.
“Don’t Rush to Ugly” is the mantra of every student in classes of my Newport Art Museum instructor, Charlene. Thank you, Charlene. This phrase helps you slow down and understand the time management skills that clay makes you learn. You can’t rush clay, and if you do, your results show it–you will be disappointed in your final product. Clay makes you slow down, learn patience, and enjoy the day!