The Atlanta Lawyer February / March 2019 - Page 22

Beyond Molds: Finding an Outlet to Grow as a Person By Judge Bianca Motley Broom Magistrate Court of Fulton County 22 As attorneys we work in a high- pressure, intense industry. There are constant demands to be avail- able all of the time. We run the risk of emptying our own reserves for the sake of others. There is always more to do. Consequently, a lot of us often fall short in bal- ancing work-life commitments. zone. I looked around the room and it seemed as if everyone else was far more advanced though we were all supposed to be begin- ners. About four weeks into the class, however, I was finally able to center my clay on the wheel. Two weeks later, I brought my first piece home. In 2013, a couple of months after transitioning to a new job, a friend told me she was inter- ested in taking a ceramics class at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and invited me to join her in the studio. After the first few classes, I hated it and wanted my money back. Luckily for me, Callanwolde has a no refund policy and I was forced to stick with it. I felt un- comfortable and irritated as I was pushed outside of my comfort Over the last six years, I have kept on returning to Callanwolde. In fact, I have not missed a quarter. In the back of my mind, I am scared I will lose all of the skills I have developed thus far. Logically I know that wouldn’t happen, but I have also gained a number of other benefits I never expected. February/March 2019 A new community. This was probably the biggest surprise for me. I started pottery classes with a friend, but never expected to make so many others. It has been a welcome social avenue away from work. While ceramics is our main bond, I have found com- monalities with my fellow potters in myriad ways. Stoneware bowl: Coleman Red, Oribe & Temple White glazes; cone 10.