December 14, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Center for Craft
part of a series on Tradition
About the speaker
Melissa took her first pottery class in 2004 and has been making pots ever since. She quit her restaurant job in 2014 and started working for herself full time. She has a teenage daughter, a partner, two dogs and two cats. She runs an 8000 sq ft studio with her partner housing 18 artists. She sells her pottery through her website and shows across the country that she travels to in a short school bus. She wrote a book called “Handbuilt; A Potter’s Guide” that was published and released in November 2018.I run an 8000 sq ft studio with my partner housing 18 artists. I sell my pottery through my website and shows across the country that I travel to in a short school bus. I wrote a book called “Handbuilt; A Potter’s Guide” that was published and released in November 2018.
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Two Kinds of Tradition
There are two kinds of traditions: traps and freedom. We have traditions in our personal lives and in our cultures. How do we navigate through the traditions that trap us and stifle growth and the ones that free us and give us inspiration? Traditions are complicated. Traditions can keep us confined because it’s always been that way. They can also set us free by letting us draw on the efforts of those before us and how they have shaped who we are. We take traditions and add our voice to the stream to continue their evolution to be a force in who we are and we will become.