Search
  • Linda Kiepke

Beginning- My First Blog Entry

Updated: Mar 17

Today I was speaking with my daughter about starting a blog. Not for me, but for herself. She is a recent college grad with amazing writing skills, and just moved to a new town. Yet, I’m not here to tell her story. When she begins her blog, I will definitely promote it! The girl can write.

I have always struggled and feel uncomfortable with my writing skills. I’m hopeless with commas. The first email I ever sent to my mom, she made corrections and sent it back. I told her to never do that to me again! Bittersweet memory. My mom passed away in December of 2020 at age 89. She was a valedictorian. I was an average student, but I did win an award in ceramic in HS. (if you are tempted to edit my blog, please bite your lip and hold back)


I was bitten by the ceramic bug in 8th grade. I started on the potter‘s wheel. The potter’s wheel is very physical. The reason it has a meditative quality is because, while you need to apply pressure and force, you must keep your body still. You have to center first.


This is the only piece I still have from school. Guessing it was HS, but could have been earlier.


It wasn’t a given that girls would go to college when I graduated from Douglas County HS in Castle Rock, CO. I worked at a mortgage company running credit reports right out of HS. I did take ceramics and some general education classes at Arapaho Community College In the evenings.


One night I told my dad I hate my job. He asked me “What would you be happy doing the rest of your life?” I replied without hesitation “Ceramics!” This was the beginning of a magical time in my life - studying ceramics and Art Education at Arizona State University.

This is my HS graduation photo.

23 views1 comment

Recent Posts

See All

Ceramic Artist, Teacher, ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center, Lisle, IL