About

Claudia McGill does all kinds of things. Besides writing poetry she is a painter, a clay artist specializing in hand built works, and a housewife. She enjoys reading, running, and doing crossword puzzles. She doesn’t like talking on the phone and she has no patience with whining.

Claudia McGill says: Here’s what I wrote in my first post, and I thought I’d copy it here, because it tells why I wanted to have this blog.

Iโ€™ve been writing poetry for decades. A little here, a little there. Some years nothing at all and some years quite a lot. Over time, the poems have piled up. Accumulated. Pages and pages. More words come along all the time.

I decided to let them out into the world. No reason as to why now and not earlier, but it just seems like a good time.

So here they are for you to read and, I hope, enjoy.

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44 thoughts on “About

  1. What a very nice thing to say! I appreciate your kindness. I was not sure if I would enjoy doing blogs but I find it rewarding in ways I did not imagine. One thing I did not anticipate was the supportive nature of the community. Thank you again.

  2. Hi Claudia, thanks for looking in on Pete’s Pots. Seems we share an interest in poetry/pottery – I sometimes carve or impress short poems onto slabs, and by conicidence at today’s market I met the sister of the woman who bought my first such slab exactly a year ago.

  3. It was my pleasure. I like your work. I’ve used letter stamps to put short poems or sayings on tiles, mostly – I like the idea of the words in the clay, sort of reminds me of ancient tablets or something! And I know from selling my own work how nice it is to re-encounter someone who bought your work in the past or has a connection to it. That was nice to think about.

  4. Thank you, I appreciate your faith in my work. But I have decided not to accept any awards – as nice as they are I can’t give the follow-up my best effort, just don’t have the time. Especially now, since I am recovering from hand surgery! But thank you for thinking of me.

  5. Claudia:

    I got the Zine!!!!!!! I went to the studio to prepare for my daughters’ class coming through and picked it up from the studio mailbox. Thank you so much. I have not been able to read it all the way through. But I will today; the writing is wonderful. It is kind of camp in a way. And I love the watercolor cover. So generous of you to send!

  6. Well, the nice thing is anyone can try it. The zine world is full of all kinds of people writing just what they want. And I like that it is in print, not just on the computer.

    I’ll check out this store you mentioned. Sounds very interesting! Thank you.

  7. I do like email since it’s under my control when to respond and I can think out my words. On the phone, well, I feel I’m talking into a void and not really connected to the person I’m speaking with, and I don’t like it. Plus, the phone conversations can take up a lot of time and it always rings when I don’t want to talk! Thanks for reading and it’s nice to meet a fellow-phone-hater!

  8. Yes, I so agree. And on the phone, you can’t pick up people’s subtle non-verbal queues. I hate that. Also, you have to talk continuously, whereas face-to-face, periods of silence are easier. (Apologies, you’ve got me started………….)

  9. Hi Claudia… I am so attracted to people whose creativity just tumbles out of them. Love your blogs! We all need places to become happily lost (or found!) in.
    Jana

  10. Hi Claudia, how are you? I have a pottery kiln and do not know how to use it. I did pottery many years ago, but of course, did not fire anything myself. One day if you visit Brisbane – come have a cuppa here and we can have fire and work out how to use the kiln and make art. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hi, I would love to stop in and say hello to you! And an art day sounds so enticing…If only the trip were a little shorter…I don’t know how much help I could be with your kiln – My kiln is computerized and I just push buttons and it does the rest. It is smarter than I am and has never let me down.

  12. Hahaha – that kiln sounds so out of this world. I guess mine is an old, old one. I’m told it is a traditional Japanese kiln. We can still make art or sit by the fire. Look forward to your visit Claudia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. My kiln is efficient but bland. One firing, you’ve got the whole picture…Yours sounds like a personality that you have to get to know. I like the thought of that.

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