Yesterday was my last day at Maze Hill Pottery, the place where I’ve spent the past three and more years apprenticing with Lisa Hammond, (@lisahammondpottery ). To her left is Dominic Upson, (@domupson ), the next apprentice in line and there’s me too, looking a little too happy considering the occasion, and lastly, by Lisa’s feet is the studio pup Mazy.
The last three years have flown by, I’ve thrown and fired thousands upon thousands of pots, have met wonderful people and potters and have made many new friends. When I started blogging on @Instagram it was purely a primitive means of showing my close friends and family what I was up to, but it has frankly turned into something far greater. I never thought I’d obtain a following of such substantiality comprised of brilliant and lovely supportive folks. Without a doubt I would have never continued to post and write daily if it wasn’t for all the warmth you’ve shown.
I’m lucky Lisa chose me as her apprentice and for all the help and encouragement she’s given me over the years, be it advice, criticism, techniques and friendship. Moreover allowing me to share the apprenticeship so openly online and living with an omnipresent camera and tripod. I remember how over the moon I was when I found out I was successful in getting the position and thinking back about all I’ve learnt and how far I’ve come has been quite phenomenal. She gave me the opportunity and space to grow as a craftsmen, from honing my skills with the traditional Maze Hill Pottery ware to developing my own voice in clay.
It’s going to be so peculiar leaving somewhere so familiar, I’ve certainly become accustomed to the routine and company but I’m bursting at the edges to go it alone now. This definitely wont be the last of the content from Maze Hill Pottery, I still have a lot to reflect on and write about but it seemed fitting to post this now. Thank you Lisa, truly, and best of luck Dom, the reins are yours now. Follow me @pottery__lover ⚱️ 🏺
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