For over a year now, I've been a student at a community studio here in Austin, TX. I've been able to produce my small line of ceramic homegoods using student wheels and shelving. There are random windows of time for open studio and it gets a little cramped, but I've managed to find a rhythm for the whole process.
Having my own wheel will change that entirely.
My new(to-me) wheel is 35 years old, but still in remarkable condition. I bought it from a retired ceramicist living out on Lake Austin. Her little lake front bungalow was charming and beautiful. It was easy to see how such a place could be home to a creative soul.
The unpaved driveway couldn't really handle the amount of rain we've been getting here in Central Texas, so the day we went to look at the wheel was delayed a week or so. Fortunately, there was no major damage done to her home or the property.
The small studio on the property was overflowing with tools and equipment in need of a new home. So while I went there to buy a wheel, I ended up leaving with so much more. We loaded the truck down with bats, boards, tools, canvas, and fire bricks.
It was quite the haul!
I still can't believe how generous she was.
Now I'll be able to use my own wheel any time I choose. And I'm so so thankful for the people who made that possible.