We decided to look for a house in Southern New Hampshire because we love the beauty of the area, the proximity to neighboring cities, and the quiet lifestyle New Hampshire affords. We both enjoy the calming effect of water, and added "water view" to our house-hunting wish-list. After looking at house after house without any scenic view, we jumped at the listing for a home that had a "skating pond" on the property. We toured the home with the anticipation of seeing a small pond in the front or back yard. Nothing. Side yard? No, it was not there either. It turns out the pond was diagonally across the street, not even visible from the house. It was technically a "fire pond," acting as a hydrant if a fire started nearby. Oh, and we would only own half of it. And a sandy area next to it too.
At first we thought it was not what we wanted. We should hold out for another house that met all of our criteria. But we toured the house again and saw the potential for a sitting garden, or anything else we wanted to fill the large, flat back yard. We fell in love with the home, the property, and even the little fire pond diagonally across the street. It was not exactly what we had in mind, but it turns out it was perfect. That is the way life works most of the time. You think you have it all figured out, until the twists and turns spin you in another direction. Like pottery. We had not planned to become potters, but now we cannot imagine doing anything else. We constantly strive to create new beautiful and functional pieces. Like life, our pottery will always be a work in progress.
We would like to acknowledge the teachers that helped to cultivate our love of pottery: