Last weekend’s fundraiser for Early Alert Canines was incredibly successful! I left the house with five large boxes full of my pottery, and the few pieces I cam home with didn’t even cover the bottom of one. I couldn’t believe the attention my pottery (and Rainie) received! The compliments were gratifying – I’d never done a big show like this. Many people asked if I’d be back next weekend, or before Christmas. I had to tell them I hoped to be back next year. I knew that I was offering over a year’s worth of work, and there would be no way I could do it again any time soon.
As I was wrapping each piece to get ready for the show, I realized how unique each one was. Some were thin, others heavy and clunky. There were different shapes and heights and weights, even when I had tried to make a matched set. Some people commented, and I told them that when I pick up a piece, I can tell what my blood sugar was doing while I was throwing/creating it. When my glucose levels are changing rapidly (either up or down), my coordination and balance are affected. When my blood sugar is high, I can’t control my strength very well; and when it is going low, I have poor depth perception, no frustration tolerance, and it’s best if I quit for the day.
When people make remarks like, “You know, you could have made this thinner/taller/bigger…(etc),” I sigh, and try to remember that, considering all I’m dealing with, I’m doing the best I can – always. And often times, people will choose to buy the piece we’re talking about, because their knowing the ‘history’ behind it makes “even more special”.