˜ "When I was six I had an epiphany and knew that ceramics was going to be my life. In kindergarten, I asked the teacher for the scraps of her project; she gave it to me and I remember going outside and realizing this is it. I did not have very supportive role models. I had to beg, borrow and steal ceramics my entire life. Even in college, I ditched all my classes to hang out in the ceramics lab. I was in college failing for eleven years before I decided to be a ceramics major.
I can't express enough about getting to know yourself. Example, in 2010-2012, I got fired from a ceramics position, I was living in Santa Barbara and I was being super dishonest with my employer. Things like, 'Did you load the whole kiln with just your work? Do you keep the ceramics lab open an extra seven hours every day?' I was like no, but of course I was fucking doing that. So I found myself basically homeless because I wanted to do ceramics so bad that I was willing to lie, but if I was honest with myself about what I needed, I wouldn't have ended up in that situation. I really looked at myself and made all my relationships honest and transparent. My issue wasn't drugs or alcohol' it was honesty. When I made those changes in my life, focused on myself, and had the intention to be the best person I could possibly be, then the ceramics came around big time. I realized I was clear, I wasn't distracted and I could remain calm and steady any time. I cut that out of my life and I had the ability to just be centered.
It's a funny thing, like they say, 'to be in the zone.' There definitely is. We have eight wheels, so eight people can be throwing at the same time. We can still be in conversation, but we are totally into what we are doing. The thing about throwing and the zone is not everyone has great days, not everyone is feeling great about themselves all the time, so what I say to people is that the reality is there is something else blocking you. Something is occupying the space in your brain that ins'y letting you empty and be clear. We go outside, we talk, come back in, they can throw. That block is gone. That zone is very much about training yourself to leave the stress at the door." ˜
Patrick had so many insightful things to share that I couldn't fit it all into one post! I had a great time learning more about the depth of the art of ceramics! It's such a meditative and calming practice. Follow his Instagram: @patrickjohnstonceramics
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