Shirley Van Horn
Playing in mud was something I always enjoyed. Having food on the table and a roof over my head were also enjoyable. So early on, I knew where my priorities would lie. After a career working as an aircraft avionics mechanic for the Air Force Reserves, it was finally time to pursue other interests. I took a lesson in hand building from a local potter and learned the basics of working with clay and firing. I later took another class on wheel throwing and quickly came to the conclusion that my brain and hands did not communicate very well—the wheel was not for me.
I have now been hand building, glazing, and firing my own work for about five years. Most techniques have been self taught or learned from other potters and a lot of reading. I find working with clay to be very relaxing and enjoy it very much. There is so much more to learn and explore; I hope I never tire of exploring this great art form.
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