Behind Throw and grow ceramics

My story

Bonjour! Hi!

First of all welcome to Throw and Grow Ceramics and thank you!

My name is Pascale and I am a 30 year old artist living in Northern California. I am originally from Montreal, Quebec, in Canada, which makes me French Canadian.

Although I originally chose the name Throw and Grow Ceramics for my business because I was a potter who also had a love for growing/propagating succulents, the underlying meaning of my small business' name has recently taken the forefront: Growth is something I have always been striving for. Both on a personal and professional level. As an artist, as a friend, as a child, as a human being and as a partner, when I am in that situation. Pottery has helped me grow and will continue to teach me for as long as it is part of my life. I make from the heart and soul. I draw inspiration from my daily struggles and moments of joy. I wish for my work to make people feel at peace, but also to make them think and reflect. I will keep throwing and growing for as long as I can.

When I started this journey, my story as a potter wasn't as long as you may have assumed, but I chose not to let that stop me. This year, I am celebrating 5 years with clay. If you follow me on social media, you may have heard bits and pieces of my journey across the continent, how fell in love and got married and then started my journey as a potter in one of the hardest periods of my life.

Indeed, the first few months after moving into my new world were hard, but then, I remembered the pottery wheel stored around my house and decided to look for classes. For the first time in the summer of 2017, I was making the trip North to an amazing studio in  Arcata, two times a week. My beginnings as a potter were very encouraging as my teacher told me I was a quick learner. My head started bursting with ideas and my heart and soul were more and more filled with joy. There is always more to learn with this medium, but I became comfortable and satisfied enough with my work that I could not pass by trying to share this experience with the outside world. Creating is a way of expression, but also a good way for me to manage my head and my anxiety.

If this isn't the first time you visit this page of my website, you will notice that I have recently re written parts of it. Although there is and will always be space for the story of  how I got started with clay (with my ex husband's support and his wonderful aunt Ann's pottery wheel) things have since majorly shifted in my life. In the past couple years, I've learned that it is important to put my happiness, safety and wellbeing over my desire to preserve something that doesn't work for me. I have learned to take risks in order to find myself again. I have learned to step up for myself, stop making excuses and offer my heart and soul what they truly deserved. I am now finding myself in a new situation. For about a year, I have been living on my own, learning to take care of myself and putting everything I have to see this small business and dream of mine keep growing, allowing it to support me so that I can keep doing what truly makes me happy. I have always been grateful for your support on this journey, but it has all taken a much deeper meaning when I decided to, once more, start fresh and rebuilt my life into something I have learned to know I am worth.

I’ve been beyond thrilled to evolve as a potter in the past few years. This is my first personal website. I am always looking to improve my pottery skills and to keep growing as an artist and a human being.My work is inspired by the rawness, diversity and purity of Mother Earth, but also by the depth of thehuman mind and the mystery of our Univers. Thank you so much for reading this and showing interest in my work. I will do everything I can to not disappoint. Feel free to contact me for any questions or comments.P.S: I always do my best to have the lowest environmental impact through this process. I use biodegradable packing peanuts and as much green packaging as possible. I love to reuse packing material from items I ordered to give them a second life, I encourage you to do the same with yours. I am working towards 100% sustainable packaging.

With love,
Pascale