Quite a bit ago, I graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Ceramics and Drawing. After skipping around trying to have a 'grown up' job for a while; I finally started to do local art shows and taught at the Springfield Art Museum (it is a lovely place, and you should check it out!).
I started doing larger festival-type art shows in 2015, with a borrowed set-up and a cheap tent. Since then, I have sprung for a sturdier tent and made myself a much better display.
2019 was my first year making a full time go of it - and so far, thanks to community support - it has been excellent! (Though due to 2020 in general, there are no festivals.) I have also been working towards selling more online, and keeping myself motivated to actually post on social media.
The work that I make is all intended to be used, but I also want to make things that I enjoy. While I do make the same pattern over and over, I will retire a pattern when I get bored with it. I also enjoy playing around with combining the different patterns. Pretty much, I just have to keep myself busy and entertained.
Ceramics aside, I have two dogs and probably pay too much attention to my house plants. I recycle vehemently, and enjoy cooking from scratch.