Say Hello To the New Studio...


Welcome to the new Mrs Peterson Pottery Studio! What was once the old musty laundry shed, is now the enchanting Mrs P creative space. We bought a tiny Blue Mountain cottage in December last year and for the last 9 months the hands that were once in clay have been rolling paint, sprinkling grass seeds and hammering in the odd nail here and there for a very different kind of making.


It has taken 9 months of not having a space to work from, but I have just moved into what is the most magical pottery studio I have ever known. Old stained glass windows (yet to be finished and restored), recycled brick paving, loads of natural light and a tiny nook for my kiln, this space is truly a divine place to create. 


I am a gypsy by heart, always moving, always traveling, a little bit superstitious. This is the longest time I've lived in one place since I was a ten year old girl. It's fitting that in the 6th year of business, Mrs Peterson Pottery finally has somewhere to organise and fit all of the materials that go into producing work on a full time basis. After a huge de-clutter and a konmari attitude towards my living spaces, this marks a fresh start and a new way of working. It's time for new work, new opportunities and fresh creativity to fill the space.


It's been a challenging year for me, laying low due to health issues, realising the capabilities of a one woman show, reassessing my business and creative direction, I've been able to do something that not many small business entrepreneurs allow themselves the time to do: take some time off and re-design the wheel. And what a sparkly new shiny wheel it is! 


The focus this year is a fine balance of lifestyle and hard work, creativity and productivity, creative collaborations, new projects, streamlining wholesale and... dare I say it, making work for myself, making things that make me happy, that bring me joy. I have so, so much to learn and experiment with in the land of clay. I am not afraid to keep it weird and make time to play. And what better backdrop to do it in. Fairy lights on, tea hot to sip, the oak tree swaying outside the studio window and my hands in clay.



LESSONS FROM CLAY #3 PATIENCE IS A MIND GAME

All my life I was told I was an impatient child. I always thought I was never good at the art of patience, but alas, I find this may not be entirely true. 

In the first years of my business people remarked repeatedly at how I must have loads of patience to do what I do. All those tiny, little porcelain pieces, all made from scratch, all made individually, one by one through a long and repetitious process…. Yeah… I do have patience (or some obsession) to do that. Ha ha! See Mum and Dad, I’m not impatient after all! Suck it!

But then again, in some ways, I still am very impatient. When I’m firing the kiln, I notice myself getting a little on edge, never quite relaxed. And when I know the kiln is off and cooling down, the temptation to crack open the door, a few hundred degrees before its ready to be opened is excruciating. It’s like having a present in front of you that you’re not allowed to unwrap. AAGGGGHHHHHhhhhhh! But I want it now! It’s so close.

The anticipation of something makes me impatient for it. It’s a total mind game. I liken it to ordering packages from the internet, Once I’ve ordered the thing, I’m a little on edge till it arrives. I listen out for the postman, I eagerly check the letterbox and try not to leave the house if I think the delivery man is coming. I can’t wait to get that package! LAME.

The best thing I can possibly do when I feel like that, is to stop thinking about it. FORGET about that package. Ignore the kiln load of goodies beckoning you to open the door.  Set the timer and walk away. Is it ready yet? Is it here yet? Are we there yet? Honestly child, you are so impatient.


They say that all good things come to those who wait, well, stuff waiting, waiting takes energy. Go and do something else. Imagine for a moment the thing you are waiting for isn’t in your yet reality (often it’s not). And just focus on something else. I don’t even think this is about the art of distraction, It’s about getting on with here and now. Patience is a mind game, out smart it and imagine the thing you are waiting for doesn't exist yet, and let it go completely. 

Then when that package arrives at your door, or the kiln timer goes off… SURPRISE!