I am off to this opening this weekend.
Margaret Tuckson was my first pottery teacher in 1975,
when I was 15 and she was 50.
I started off going to her home/studio on Saturday mornings.
By the end of 1976 I had decided to leave school and focus on pottery.
I spent several days each week at Margaret's place potting
through 1977 and part of 1978.
(When she wasn't in PNG or busy with writing and other things)
I did this until my first son was born.
Margaret is the same age as my mum (born the day after )
and I feel like her life and art has influenced my life in
a different way but alongside my mum's influence.
I lost my mum in 2007 and although I don't manage to see
Margaret as often as I would like to I feel such a deep
fondness for this woman who gave me such great mentoring
and instilled a passion not only for ceramics and art but also for life.
Margaret is 93 this year and her collection is wonderful.
I imagine there will be many, many people at this opening.
When I rang her last week to say that I would be there
and that I didn't imagine I would get to talk to her much on the day
as she would have a big fan club surrounding her ….
but that I would come and have a cuppa with her very soon. She said
"That would be great but of course I will have time to talk to you!"
She is amazing like that always so supportive and positive.
I am so grateful that our paths crossed at such
an important time in my life.
Love you Margaret!
photo by my brother Chris Donaldson