Do not buy equipment the first year, I try to talk people out of it. They take a class, they love it, and then they want to buy a pottery wheel. But you also have to fire your pieces, and to do that, you have to try to find somewhere that’s going to allow you kiln time. To this day, I don’t know of one location that will do that. So now you have to buy a kiln too, and you’re getting into big money.
Like I said, 98% of people can’t sustain themselves with this work. It’s a wonderful thing to take classes and make stuff at the centre, and that’s reasonable. You’ve got all the equipment there, the glaze there, the mess there. If you really love it, then definitely sign up for an art course and enjoy it. Enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it. Keep doing that. But unless you’re absolutely determined to commit your time and energy and money, don’t buy equipment.
Unless you are someone who cannot live without making art. Someone who is obsessed with it, who doesn’t fit anywhere else. You also have to be a good business person. You have to be able to handle people, you have to be able to handle finances.
I like to make art, pottery-I do not like to go to shows. But you have to do both: to be able to handle selling your works publicly as well as being a creative artist.