Hello, and welcome to Blue Bird Pottery! This website is dedicated to my love for all things ceramics. Before I get into how I fell in love with pottery, let me tell you a bit about myself. My name is Sophia Theo, I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. During my free time I volunteer at a Hamilton Aviary, which has been one of the best experiences of my life. I fell in love with pottery the moment I got to try my hands at wheel-throwing. A couple years ago I was going through the motions of waking up, going to work and coming home, the end. I wasn’t satisfied with what I was doing, I had to try something new before I went into complete and total madness. I figured I’d try wheel-throwing, I had thought about it before plenty of times but it was just one of those things where you never get around to doing. Life gets in the way, you don’t have time, and suddenly you never get to experience anything life has to offer. Well I was at my whit’s end, and I figured now was a good time to try something new. I booked a session at a local pottery studio and from that moment I was hooked. I was actually a little upset with myself as to why I waited so long to try this, but better late than never, right?
“My first pots ever and throwing in class!”
Wheel-throwing is such an exciting experience, the idea of taking a piece of clay and turning into a pieces of functional ceramic ware is exhilarating. I had never really thought of what it takes to make ceramic wares, and how much time and effort goes into it. Since that moment I had found a new profound love and respect for the craft. There is so much to it, not just the wheel-throwing but perfecting your form, learning about glazing, decoration and firing up a kiln. I had no idea what I was doing, but within the first month of lessons I bought myself a wheel and a kiln and went to work. Besides being dubbed insane for firing a kiln with zero experience and setting up a pottery studio in my basement without knowing the first thing of proper form and functionality, I have to say it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. Without getting into too much detail, I hope to use this blog as a way to share my experiences with pottery, both the good and the bad. Everything I’ve learned and the mistakes I’ve made along the way, will all be exposed. I hope to inspire people to take that little leap of faith into the unknown and try something new, you never know what the outcome will be. Most importantly, it’s NEVER too late to try something new. That being said, I hope you enjoy this site and reading about my experience just as much as I enjoy making them. I will leave you with a little inspiration from one of my favourite writers:
“Living like an empty shell is not really living, no matter how many years it may go on. The heart and flesh of an empty shell give birth to nothing more than the life of an empty shell”