I've never taken any pottery classes, or any type of ceramic classes. But as a child, I remember when my mom used to paint all kinds of ceramic pots and sculptures. I found the art of clay to be very interesting, but It never occurred to me how deeply it can relate to success (or failure). During my trip to Ocala last weekend, I met a local potter at an annual festivity held at the Fort King Historical Site, (an awesome place, I must add!). She is an incredible human being with a lot of passion and dedication for her art. I found myself falling in love with the beautiful strokes of clay, the movement of the wheel, and the subtle way of the clay coming together to form a candlestick, with simple, yet precise, strokes and molding with the hands.
The Art of Pottery
Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions. Many pottery vessels that form part of our history, are thought to be dated far longer than we can think possible. There is a variety of methods used to shape pottery. This local potter, uses the potter's wheel. In a process she mentioned being called 'throwing', a ball of clay is placed in the center of the turntable, which she rotated with a stick while using her foot on some form of pedal to give it speed. I was in awe at such form of perfection! So what is it about pottery and how can we apply it to our successes in life? Well, while the potter was giving form to her clay, she had to make a small adjustment in order to center the piece.
Being that it was the last pot of the day and usually the first and last pots are never centered. But she smiled, and quickly picked up the pace. She stayed focused, removed the extra piece that she no longer needed and never once did the smile on her face became dull. There are a lot of times in our lives when we start a project and when obstacles come our way, or if we see our project not going to the extent that we want it to, we become less motivated. We find ourselves at a loss of focus, we instantly become less inspired, and we think we are less capable of achieving our goals.
Clay and the Key to Success
On this day, I learned that the secret is in this process of molding the clay...it's a matter of constant repetitions. When you're a beginner at something, you have to repeat the tasks constantly in order to learn. Just as they made us write our name repeatedly, a thousand times, back in Kindergarten. For some reason, along the way, we lost it. We forgot how important it is to be beginners, to do our repetitions. If you have a goal, if you want to be successful, no matter what comes your way, repeat your steps towards your goal as many times as necessary. Stay focused, fix your mistakes, pick up the pace, get rid of what you no longer need, and never, ever, loose your spark! Never loose your smile! We are all capable of achieving our goals. It only takes...a little bit of clay 😉
If you are a local artist, with passion for your art, I would love to meet and photograph you! Please feel free to contact me!
Yanitza Ninett is a Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based in Orlando, serving the Central Florida area, St. Augustine and Georgia. Her blog, Pieces of Me, features most of her work, along with photography tips, lifestyle sessions, personal experiences and travels. Yanitza Ninett documents Engagement Sessions, Beach Weddings, Seniors, Family Sessions & Boudoir. The YN Experience characterizes by giving an unforgettable photography experience along with professionalism and dedication. We are about telling stories...your story! Contact us for more info!