Welcome to Happy Hens Pottery, our five acre slice of heaven in Eastern Washington. In August 2009 the big yellow bus #17 rolled up to the end of our driveway, driven by the best driver in the world! After many hugs and words of encouragement, my 3 gifts from God stepped out and started another school year. Mocha (our dachshund) and I walked back to the house, and that’s when it hit me. I have free time now! You see, my oldest son was 14, my middle daughter was 11, and my youngest was 6 and she just started first grade! It has been 14 years since I have had some time on my own. This was bittersweet for me. I miss the laughs, noise and activity while they are in school. I like the time to develop my creative side.
It took 6 months to get our routines and schedules worked out, but after Christmas I saw that if I managed my time, I could start realizing some long-held dreams. I could focus on my creative life, while still putting God and family first! I have always been interested in arts and crafts, making gifts for people and dabbling in pottery, printmaking, hand-carved rubber stamping, knitting etc. It was time to get serious.
God knew what I needed and He had a plan for me. Through a contact of my brother-in-law, I learned about a potter nearby who gives lessons at his home studio. In March 2010 I started taking classes with Adam Scoggin, at Blue Heron Pottery. Adam has been a potter for over 30 years. He studied with Marguerite Wildenhain, at Pond Farm in California. Marguerite was a Jewish woman born in France. She was classsically trained in pottery, in the European tradition of apprenticeship. She studied at the Bauhaus school until she was forced to move because of WWII. She came to America and started Pond Farm. Adam studied pottery with Margurite for 3 summers. He has taught me what he learned from Margurite and much more. The emphasis has always been on form and quality of the final product. He has become a dear friend and precious mentor.
A year into my lessons I realized the dream of owning my own kickwheel and electric kiln. I was on my way to becoming a potter!
The journey continues to this day. I will continually be reaching for the perfect pot that has form, function and always beauty.