Ceramic Artist

Jackie Masters

By Jackie Masters, Jan 15 2017 01:16PM

2017 has arrived! This year will be a different year for me as my focus will be making pots, finally, at last, after all this time, I can submerge myself in the mystical, creative wonders of clay. But first, I must reflect on the fantastic Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar Christmas Market; which was my great pleasure to be a part of. Thank you to all the amazing people that I met who were buying WA handmade gifts for friends and loved ones, it is you guys that have made a conscious decision to support our arty passions, that makes it all worthwhile.

To all those who received my carefully crafted pots as gifts, I hope you enjoy their textures, their colours the way they feel in your hands, that is just part of the charm that I hope I have instilled in them; of course, the people that bought these things generally put a lot of thought into who they are buying for, to get it just right; I just love that.

So back to the future! I don't possess a crystal ball (nor would I want to) but I can see clearly my pottery path and can't wait for this new journey to start.

I spent today starting a massive clear out of my studio and what a trip down memory lane it has been. I still have a few of the very first pots that I made, all the way back in 1994; my first wheel thrown pottery adventures at the Perth Potters Club with Cath Evans as my clay guide (what a fabulous lady!) Majolica glazed earthenware was the order of the day with the lovely white tin glaze adorned with my less than adequate attempts at decoration (thus I now work with glazes, not painted decoration as such!) It has been lovely to reconnect with where I started and my head is swimming with ideas for my new adventures in forms and glaze.

So, let it begin, let 2017 take hold of me, let the potter within come out and hopefully I will be closer to finding out for what inexplicable reason I was given this odd ability to throw pots on a wheel without really being taught; a process of which I am still in awe and can't quite believe.

By Jackie Masters, Jan 1 2015 02:45PM

2015 has arrived. Looking back at 2014 I feel like I have come a long way as a ceramic artist, but it did bring with it many questions… Yes, this is my calling, I know that, but why was I given the ability to make pots? Why was I given the drive to conquer this difficult task? Why does clay make me need it so much?

It is just something that is “in me”, a huge part of me, a passion, a love and a joy. Making pots brings me happiness, but sharing my love of clay and my pots with the world brings happiness to many people.

My stall at the recent Fremantle Bazaar was such a wonderful experience. Talking about pottery, to other lovers of pottery, whether they were buying a special gift for someone else, or something for themselves, was fantastic; three days of non-stop pots! I could not ask for anything more; I was in my element. That is when all my questions were answered. I make pots to share, to talk about, to be used and for others to collect or give as gifts, specially chosen with a real story behind them and a real person. Pots that have the mark of the maker, not only in their form, but in the glazes that brings them to life. Pots that will hold food that will be shared between special people and pots that are simply lovely to look at.

With my questions answered I now head into 2015 with confidence, new found determination and the pure joy of having clay on my hands (on my clothes, my shoes, my face and in my hair!)

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