At times, explaining what I mean when I say I make ceramics can be a bit difficult.
Me: "Yeah, I make ceramics work."
Friend: "You mean like the tiles for bathrooms and stuff?"
Me: "Not really, I do make tiles, but they are more like wall decorations."
At this point I can see that my friend did not really understand what I meant.
Me: "You know that movie Ghost?"
Friend: "The old movie? Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze?"
Me: "Yeah, you know that scene where they're making something out of clay? That's the kind of ceramics I make."
Me: "But it's not sexy like that. I don't have a topless guy sitting behind me or anything. It's actually kind of messy, but fun."
Me: "I make bowls and vases."
Friend: "Oooh, I get it now."
Picture source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/72/Ghost_pottery_wheel.jpg/150px-Ghost_pottery_wheel.jpg
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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