December 2, 2023
Pottery artist Juliana Cheng. Courtesy picture

It’s by no means too late to discover a pastime — and San Marcos mother Juliana Cheng is the proper instance of that. Cheng is the proprietor of JOOLOO Pottery, an imaginative artwork enterprise that unites her ardour for creativity and expertise for particulars to forge items starting from espresso cups to ring dishes. 

Cheng is steadily growing a following on social media and regionally along with her detailed and delicate art work, but it surely truly wasn’t till three years in the past — effectively into motherhood — that she found her glazing love for pottery. 

“When my son began faculty round three years in the past, I ended up having way more time to myself once more and needed to search out one thing for myself,” Cheng stated. “I made a decision to take the leap and went to a [pottery] throwing class alone. It was truthfully a bit scary to leap into one thing new after having been at house with our son for the previous three years, however I beloved it instantly.” 

One newbie’s class led to many different lessons — to the purpose the place Cheng typically discovered herself within the studio to create extra artwork items. At present, has her personal enterprise the place she finds remedy in creating unique items for her purchasers.

“Pottery has given me an outlet to channel my inventive vitality and likewise give me a way of self-assurance and accomplishment,” Cheng stated. “I really like that the probabilities are limitless with what you’ll be able to create.  I really like that I can create one thing stunning and useful on the identical time.”

Cheng, who typically takes commissioned requests, stated her favourite items to date have been an egg ring dish and a mini toast vase. 

“They’re each quite simple however they offer me pleasure simply from holding them and them,” Cheng stated. “Spending time and vitality on a mission and seeing the top consequence, whether or not good or unhealthy, provides me a way of gratification and challenges me to create extra.” 

Apart from creating items on the market, Cheng has additionally begun instructing pottery lessons to different budding artists — a few of whom are as younger as 4 years previous. She stated she finds pleasure witnessing the delight college students really feel after they full their very own art work. 

“I nonetheless keep in mind the primary time I picked up my first accomplished items from the studio, and I keep in mind considering, ‘Wow, I made these?’” Cheng stated. “I would like that very same feeling for my college students.  I wish to construct their confidence that comes naturally from attempting one thing new and creating one thing from starting to finish. I imagine that the persistence and confidence the entire course of builds is priceless and carries over into different features of their lives.”

Cheng stated she isn’t certain what’s subsequent for her enterprise, however she hopes to proceed to increase her clientele and share her love for the humanities. She additionally needs to develop her personal expertise. For now, she’s grateful to have discovered her ardour for pottery and now shares it along with her son when he’s house from faculty.

“My son, Aaron, is all the time excited when he will get to handbuild with me at house,” Cheng stated. “He all the time tells me that he needs to be taught pottery and throw on the wheel when he’s sufficiently old, so I’m actually trying ahead to sharing my love of pottery with him increasingly as he will get older.”  

Comply with Juliana Cheng’s JOOLOO Pottery on Instagram. 


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