In the past I have had trouble explaining, in a condensed version, why I enjoy digging my own clay. There were just so many reasons for it and I found it very hard to describe the feelings that come from the process of mining one's own clay.
Until one day...
... when I joined a blog community challenge that forced me to write a blog post containing a list.
A list allows me to pinpoint specific reasons, one-by-one. And, the timing could not be better. This topic recently came up in a pottery group I belong to so the question is out there and it needs to be answered.
So, Here Goes.
10 Reasons I Like Digging My Own Clay
2. There is great satisfaction knowing that if the whole industrialized nation around me collapsed, I would still be able to make pots.
3. I feel honored that I am able to give a tangible piece of Oklahoma to someone who cherishes the piece as a memento.
4. I love the fact that I can make something beautiful and useful out of something that is normally a 'sticky, staining, red, messy, pain in the butt!'.
5. The whole process of digging, cleaning and pulverizing the clay is soothing to my soul. It's very rythmic and sends my mind wandering to all sorts of different places.
7. I can design my clay to meet my specifications. I can make simple versions, complex versions, and many in-between versions.
8. My pottery has a story to tell. Everyone loves a good story.
9. I feel a special kinship with the potters of long ago, who knew no other way than to dig their own clay.
Have I left any out? If so, let me know.