I've been doing pottery since about 1999. I took a beginner wheel class with my wife and I've been doing it almost continuously since then. I took a brief detour into a hand building/sculpture class and discovered that I also really enjoy that. At this point, I spend at least 80% of my time on complex hand-built sculptures and at most 20% on thrown work. I tend to involve myself in these detailed, complex works rather than throwing yet another bowl, mug, or vase.
The Dragon Egg
I wanted to make a gift for the Moon of My Life, my Khaleesi. To my horror, the handles of the bag I was carrying it in broke and it shattered on the pavement of a parking lot.
The Dragon Egg v2
I often end up making a second version of something, using the lessons learned in the first attempt to make improvements. This is still a work in progress as of July 2017.
I don't know what inspired me to make this one. It was just a visual image that popped into my head - a sun disk, with horns or snakes sweeping up its sides. It was only much later that I looked it up and found it to be a symbol of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, goddess of the sky, dance, love, beauty, joy, motherhood, foreign lands, mining, music and fertility.