“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” – Tich Nhat Hanh
It may seem cliche to say, but the clay studio has become my home at Marywood University, second only to my dorm room of course. As an incoming freshman, I had not an inkling as to what I wanted to pursue in my college career and subsequently for the rest of my life, and the thought of making that decision at seventeen was incredibly intimidating. So I started my undergraduate degree as an undeclared student, unattached and inquisitive.
I was lucky enough to have worked with clay in high school and I always gravitated toward it, but I never thought it would be what I would settle on. Clay remained one thing that never failed to fulfill and comfort me when I left for school. It got to me and never let go, and as a result, I finally made the decision to commit to it. I could not be more thrilled with my decision and I have never looked back.
So, this is your invitation. Feel free to pick my brain about our program, about what I do in the studio, what I want to do in the future. Ask away! I don’t claim to have all of the answers by any means. After all, I’m still learning, and will continue to do so every day even after graduating, but even a little insight is satisfying when you’re in the dark. I hope that in the coming weeks, I can give you a little taste as to what my commitment to clay is like.
We’ll talk again soon.