I am so excited to be learning clay! It has been a bit of an interesting winding road for me.
My first experience in a ceramics class was in high school, but due to needing another math class I had to switch out of it before we got farther than pinch pots.
While I was getting my Bachelor's of Art at Humboldt, I shied away from ceramics. I definitely focused my energy into my 2-dimensional work. I felt more fulfilled by the expression I could achieve on paper and canvas. I did take a sculpture class though aside from plaster body casting I did not really make anything that felt like "art" rather than an assignment.
After graduating and being away from art education for a few years, I missed the classroom studio and had a renewed desire to try new forms of art. I wanted the chance to be "bad" at art again! I have put in over a decade of steady improvement in my 2-D art skills, and I find that with painting or printmaking, even my experiments have to be related to past bodies of work somehow. But with ceramics I am finding a freedom that I wasn't quite expecting. I am also extremely excited to try surface image transfer techniques with slip! I have a little birdie design you will be seeing soon that I am excited to unveil. I can't wait to get better with clay and have functional pieces for my own use and for sale!
Being back in the classroom has been amazing, and a great reminder that no matter how long you have been an artist, there is always something you haven't tried yet.