It's not why? ..... It's Have to.

Recently a customer engaged me in a conversation about my business. He was curious to hear about the process of making pottery from start to finish and after my brief synopsis promptly asked why I chose a career that seems wrought with potential obstacles and doesn’t seem to earn much wealth. I smiled and said ‘It’s not a choice of why I chose to be a potter, it’s that I HAVE to make pottery, I AM a potter.’ The gentleman then reached his hand over the table of my pots to shake my hand.

When I first sat down at a potters wheel I was already finished with university, I was working for a not for profit in Montreal, Canada and I was at the end of a long-term relationship (which at the time I did not realize was nearing the end). I had signed myself and my boyfriend at the time up for the pottery class, which was held in a back room of an art gallery in a several story warehouse building in the middle of the city. The relationship ended between my attending the first and second class of the 8-week session. The instruction was minimal at best, but my sadness coupled with the necessary development of hand eye coordination mixed with the tactile sensory experience of clay was the perfect storm. I was hooked. I was at the studio during every open opportunity, I watched others work, I listened, I practiced and I felt a connection I had never felt before. The clay absorbed my grief, my frustration, and my insecurities. No matter my level of proficiency (because I’m always learning) whenever I sit down at a potter’s wheel, I feel at ease and at home.

Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 9.07.29 PM It’s been nearly two decades, and more than anything, I just want to make pots. The excitement has only grown with my knowledge and experience (and many countless failures that I’ve learned more from than anything else!) and I’m excited to be gearing up for a new adventure…..Selling pottery ONLINE! (teeth clenched and eyebrows raised!) It may seem like a no-brainer in this day and age, and I’m sure many have questioned why I’m not already selling my work online. Blunt honesty: I’ve been afraid of work breaking during shipping! Yup, that’s it, that’s THE reason why I‘ve not sold online. Well, I’m stepping outside of that fear, researching proper ways to pack pots from master potters around the globe and I’m going for it! My goal is to have work up on my Meiklem Kiln Works site in time for holiday shopping this year! YES! Now I’ve made myself accountable to anyone who reads this blog, and that’s an important step for me in getting over any hesitation I have. Once I know I’ve promised something, I’m more apt to deliver.

Stay tuned for more info on how to purchase pots online. In the mean time let me know what YOU would like to see made available for online purchase by leaving me a comment below! You didn’t think I’d leave you without a recipe in this post did you? Scroll down for quick and easy stir-fry!

Veggie Tofu Stir Fry

stirfry Makes 8 servings

2 Carrots sliced on bias

1 red pepper rough chopped

1 yellow pepper rough chopped

1 small zucchini sliced on bias

1 onion rough chopped

1 bunch scallions

6 cloves garlic sliced thin

¼ of a head of green cabbage rough chopped

tofu 2 packages of extra firm tofu (optional)

4 Tbl liquid aminos or soy sauce

1 Tbl sesame oil

Sauce:

1 tsp sesame oil

1 Tbl corn starch

½ cup cold water

chopped 2 Tbl Liquid Aminos or soy sauceveggies 1 Tbl Mirin (rice wine)

  1. If you’re choosing to prepare tofu drain the water and heat 1TBl sesame oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Crumble the tofu by hand and add to the hot oil. Add liquid aminos and stir regularly until well browned. Set aside
  1. In the hot skillet toss all the veggies and cook until desired softness (I prefer mine crunchy) While the veggies are cooking, prepare the sauce (I shake mine up in a mason jar)
  1. When the veggies are complete, add the sauce and stir over low heat until it thickens. Add tofu, mix and serve over brown rice!