Monthly Archives: February 2018

Childhood Art

As a kid growing up my dad was an artist.  Like many artist he enjoyed creating with various tools, from simple pencil, to brushes, to his favorite clay.  When I was incredibly young my dad tried to teach me how to use a potters wheel and the creativity and flexibility that the creator could demonstrate.  The only limitations he told me were patience and creativity.  He believed a potter could make a wide range of items using the potters wheel.  Which I knew to be true with all of the pieces he had created and were around our home.  What I struggled with was the patience element.  Whenever I tried to make something on my own I struggled.  As I look back now I realize I needed to display more patience when creating something on the wheel.  I would often make the wheel spin to fast or put to much pressure on my clay and ruin what I was trying to create.  Often times I would repeat this cycle a couple of time before I eventually would give up.

My dad was great at trying to encourage me to keep trying and that they only way I would fail is if I stopped.  Unfortunately for me, stopping was all to often the end result of my efforts.  Over time it was no longer stopping that become the problem, but starting.  My dad would ask me to join him, I know he loved creating art together, but more and more I simply said no.  The picture above is a reminder of how he would try to take my hands in his and teach me the proper feel of the clay and speed on the wheel.  He knew I would figure it out if was would persevere.  At the time I was not a willing partner.

As I grew older and the years went by my dad become more well known for his art and his pieces began to sell for amounts that would have once seemed impossible.  He would get custom requests for weddings and began doing high end celebrity pieces of art.  It was during this time that my passion for art and for creating was awakened.

Because my dad was becoming renowned is his field he would be invited to various exhibits and conferences to teach, share, essentially be the key note “expert” speaker.  Some of those trips he would bring me along and I was exposed to the amazing industry and people of art beyond my own fathers studio.  What was interesting is I found myself interested in the business of art.  The way various art pieces would be valued and for a rare piece of art the auction portion of fine art.  It was they mutual passion for creating and selling art that my father and I bonded over.