Ceramacist & Photographer
I’ve had a creative streak all my life.
I certainly don’t think of myself as an artist and was quite surprised when invited to participate in the Guemes Island Art Initiative. However, as I gather my thoughts to share here, I can say I’ve had a creative streak all my life. For more than fifty years, most of that energy was invested in being a force for change in the world: developing new organizations, designing and teaching classes, writing newsletters, and nurturing a family. But I have a good eye for composition and have always loved taking photographs. I also like to cook and entertain, always with an eye as to how a meal is presented.
In 2019, I really and truly retired and moved to Guemes Island, a place we’ve been visiting for decades. I enrolled in Sue Roberts Ceramics Classes (I think it’s a rite of initiation for many islanders) and discovered the pleasure of working with clay. I love the feel of the clay and am thrilled when something begins to take shape. Sometimes I have something in mind like a platter for fish and other times a figure just emerges that I didn’t see coming! Thankfully with Sue Robert’s support and steady hands, I’ve been able to make a few things that turned out pretty well. I’m still very much an amateur but that doesn’t diminish the fun and satisfaction of making things!
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© Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko