At the end of the summer 2002 I realized that the trickle of customers coming to the workshop would soon dry up. As local interest in hobby pottery was none existant it looked like I would have to close down until the following summer.
I couldn't resign myself to that. I asked the young fellow who used to help me with my garden if he was interested to learn how to throw a pot. He shrugged his shoulders and said 'why not'. The idea was to have an apprentice to be able to start a production. I enquired with the employment agency who had a special contract to offer. I was to train him for 6 months at no cost provided I would employ him at the end of his training. It suited him as he would keep getting social security allowances all the while.
His progress was amazing. After a couple of months he seemed to have been a potter all his life.
Here's Hadrien in October 2002 as he started at the potters wheel.
He would concentrate and absorb what I was teaching him like a sponge.
And here's the same guy two months later throwing a vinegar jar like a professional