CITY LIFE, SIMPLE LIVING, CERAMICS
— ABOUT —
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away” (author unknown)
I have been working in the tech industry, primarily for software vendors since graduating from university. So yes, always at the cutting edge of innovative technology.
However, I have always had a passion for creative outlets and also running my own business. Ever since I was young, I was always involved in dance and more recently ceramics. There have also been non-technology related business ventures throughout my adulthood.
The corporate world has meant that I have traveled quite a bit, but I am based in Sydney, Australia.
About five years ago, one of my new year resolutions was to live a simpler life.
Not so easy when you live in the inner-city of Sydney and work in the fast moving high tech corporate world. I have to admit that I wasn’t very successful in simplifying my family’s life in the first three years, always succumbing to convenience shopping and procurement of services … and I must say that the fast lane started to make me feel empty and was also very draining.
So I started volunteering at a local community shelter which assisted the homeless and less privileged through providing basic services such as showers and clothing. This was about three years ago. Volunteering has been an eye opener for me and a very humbling experience. It has taught me that you don’t need a lot of things to survive. So many people have to go without.
Two years ago, I took my first pottery wheel throwing lesson and I have been addicted since. Learning the art of ceramics has taught me many things: how to slow down, the beauty of making things from scratch, the love that is put into the process, and it also teaches you how to be resourceful. It has also been very refreshing to meet and collaborate with people outside of my corporate world.
Each experience is a learning one for me and I will embark on a new part of my journey in 2016. This year I am planning to spend more time improving my ceramic skills and want to work more closely with the makers out there.
I’ve learnt that it’s a tough job being a sole maker in your chosen art form. I have a lot of admiration for all the makers and artists out there: thank you for persisting and creating beautiful things.
During the last two years, I have also recognized that there is a gap between technology and traditional makers. I want to work more closely with the community to make that intersection more complete, and ensure that traditional art forms survive even in this digital age which the world has moved to.
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