I had never painted before Parkinson's. After being diagnosed, I started participating in painting workshops and creative activities. In them, I found a pathway to a positive, optimistic and hopeful outlook.
I have also worked with clay and pottery. I noticed that my work changed after being diagnosed with PD. Since I lost manual dexterity, I began to do pots that were rougher and more textural. The teapot in the picture, done in porcelain and fired in a gas kiln at cone 10, is a piece I created before PD. The glaze is an amber celadon.
Overall, pottery for me has been an opportunity to explore form. Each teapot or bowl is an occasion to encounter something new, subtle as that might be.