Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Monday, May 23, 2016

Amanda Jorgensen, Big Pine Key



"I lived in Minnesota my whole life and that is where I met my husband Ivar. We lived there together for years. My brother in law lived in the Keys and we would come down to visit. We got stuck in a snow storm one year in Chicago on our drive home. My husband and I looked at each other and joked about moving to the Keys. 

Who would have thought 3 months later we would be down here? Once we were living down here, I fell in love again with ceramics; I had done it through high school and college and hadn’t been able to do it for a long time. I went to Morada Way Clay in Islamorada, met new people and turned my love into a small side business. I teach classes and have pieces in a gallery in Marathon and even do a few shows. If you can make some money doing your hobby, or at least recoup the expense of your hobby, it’s a wonderful thing. Not everyone can do that!

After a year of renting we bought a house on Big Pine Key and I now have my own small studio to ‘play in the mud’ as my husband calls it. We have a lot of land with peacocks, land crabs, and Key deer running around all over! It’s quiet and secluded – we love it.

It’s fun living down here. I expected to come down and spend all of my spare time on the water, but I actually fell in love with art again instead!”


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