The Great Migration
Have you ever tried condensing everything that you own into a 4ft x 8ft wooden crate? Let me tell you, it's harder than it sounds (and it probably sounds pretty hard). Just over three months ago, my partner and I packed up our little life in Southern California and made the big move across to the land down under.
My first trip to Australia was over six years ago now. Three of my best girlfriends and I piled into a camper van and travelled the entire East Cost for three months. We swam with the sea turtles off the Great Barrier Reef, camped with the dingos on Fraser Island, and this also happen to be the same trip where I fell in love with my soon to be Aussie hubby, Brad. Hence, the great migration.
We've made the 16-hour flight a few times over the years and although I was sad to leave California, I was excited to be setting down roots in what I think is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We spent the first couple of weeks catching up with friends and family, swimming in some of the clearest water I've ever seen and indulging in meat pies. But as things started to settle down and we fell into our new routine, I was eager to get my hands dirty (as I'm sure you fellow potters can relate to). So, I turn to my trusted friend Google. After a little research, it became pretty apparent that I needed to check out Picasso Ceramics, a pottery supplies store about 30 minutes away in Tallebudgera. And boy I'm glad that I did.
When I first walked into Picasso Ceramics, I'm not going to lie, I was a little overwhelmed. There were literally bags and bags and bags of clay lining the entrance. In Southern California I had become obsessed with Laguna WC-403, but unfortunately you can't get your hands on it here in Australia. And so began my hunt. Luckily Brad, the owner, came to my rescue. Despite it being quite busy, he spent about 30 minutes walking me through all the different clay bodies, all the different glazes and his firing process. I ended up leaving with five bags of clay, a bunch of tools and new wheel on order.
Honestly, it's been a pretty steep learning curve coming to Australia. I've spent the last few months picking Brad's brain, trying out different clay bodies, learning to mix my own glazes and setting up my little home studio. Finally, I feel like I'm starting to find my groove again.
It was a little daunting packing up our lives and moving across the world, but I'm really starting to love this place and the people that I've met. I've got a feeling 2018 is going to be a big year, and I'm really looking forward to sharing this journey with you.
Currumbin Beach, QLD