I took my first pottery class in college at Penn State over 40 years ago, and I was hooked. I made pots off and on for about 10 years until I moved to Oregon to work for the Forest Service.
I tried to continue making pots, but having the time and tools to pursue the craft while living and working long days in the forest wasn't possible. I loved being in the outdoors immensely, so the beauty of nature fulfilled me. Pottery was put on the back burner.
Later, I switched to an office job, got married, and raised a daughter, still no time for pottery. But I never let go of the idea that I would create with clay again one day.
When I retired 7 years ago and thought "what shall I do with my time?" of course working with clay came to mind. Fortunately I was able to join a local community clay studio that has a light filled space and plenty of other folks to make new friends with and get inspired by. I have come full circle, back to the love of clay that I developed all those years ago as a young college student.
About Full Circle:
There are many circular symbols involved in working with clay. Balls of clay, pottery wheel, centering, buckets of water and glaze. All forms on the wheel begin as round shapes.
When I returned to creating with clay, I started using the celtic symbol, the Triquetra to "sign" my pots. The symbol is made of interlaced circular shapes. When I decided on the name, Full Circle Pottery, it was clear that the symbol and name were the perfect fit for me.
The Triquetra is an ancient Pagan symbol that can represent earth, water, and fire, or mind, body, and soul, to name a few. For me, all these elements are essential to creating forms from clay. The symbol is now commonly known as the "Trinity Knot" in Irish history.