Throughout the final portion of my trip, I focused primarily on interviewing as many individuals who reside in Maine's mid-coast region as I could. The goal of these inquiries was to learn how unique each person's approach to making a living in the field of ceramics was. As a second-year graduate student, I have begun to think seriously about my future in the field after school and am open to all possibilities as long as it results in a continuation and growth of making work. It was extremely helpful to travel around the state and see first-hand how a wide variety of artists made a living. I came to a realization that there is NO SET PATH in this field and everyone's situation is unique and individualized to that person. Often times, it is necessary for artists to supplement their studio practice with additional means of income to enable themselves to keep making. Others are able to sustain a living by only making pots. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting with so many different artists in so many different environments, which has led my view the field and my future in a much more open and exciting way!
|Autumn Cipala's studio in Rockland, Maine. Autumn is a full-time studio potter who also teaches part-time at a nearby community college. This image was taken in her beautiful studio which is a stones throw away from the Atlantic Ocean.|
|Here are a couple pieces that I have made since my travels. I have begun to think about what I make in a different way and have been deeply influenced by the objects I saw, people I met, and places I visited.|
|Tea bowls made using a reduction cooling process in a soda kiln. This is a hybrid technique for a wood firing process which I learned from some very smart people I met at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.|
|My wall of inspiration! These are all photos that I took during my trip to the east coast this past summer and are with me everyday in my studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.|