jacob is a potter,
wordsmith, & musician
I can only speak of the first time I visited a pottery shop in high school. I was intrigued but wouldn't touch wet clay until after undergraduate school.
I have never wanted to become an artist, per se. I just wanted to throw pots.
I studied with Jeff Procter and apprenticed with him for a short time. He would come to the monastery where I loved and give me lessons. To this very day, I hear his voice in the back of my head every time I do certain things in the studio.
My inspiration comes from watching videos of other potterers and handling pottery. I loved clay when I saw someone throwing it for the very first time. I think wet clay and I met on a blind date.
I want my art to have a "Here…use this" quality. I love the utilitarian nature of my art, and I think that is why I gravitate to the earth tones and browns, the usability and utility.
I'm pretty sure I looked up the etymology of the word "art "long ago. The short definition was "to join or attach. "That's how handles wind up on mugs.