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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