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Portraits of Elders: Jill Hinckley

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:16:11
From ballet, we turn to touching people's lives through a different kind of art and in this case, pottery. For the past four decades, 74-year-old Jill Hinckley has been teaching people how to make hand-crafted bowls, tea kettles and more at Hinckley Pottery, her shop in Adams Morgan. She recently spoke with producer Marc Adams about her career.

MS. JILL HINCKLEY

13:16:32
I don't think that I have planned much in my life. I wish I had. I mean, I've thought about it. When I was younger, I thought, well, I'll be an English teacher. When I was very young, I thought I'll be a veterinarian. But then you learn, oh ,you don't really maybe have the skills to be a veterinarian because you cry too much when you see blood or, you know, any number of things sort of rule out your plans. But some people make a plan and actually stick to it and I, you know, I think that's wonderful. But that didn't happen to me.

MS. JILL HINCKLEY

13:17:16
I started doing it when I was 29. I was a gallery owner at that point and I had space and so I decided to have pottery lessons in the gallery. And I hired a couple of guys to teach and I thought, whoa, this is cool. I'll watch these guys. And finally, I started apprenticing and learning all I could about pottery. And then, within a year or two, I started teaching children and beginners. And then maybe in another year or so I started teaching everybody. I really love teaching. I love explaining things to people and I like just knowing them.

MS. JILL HINCKLEY

13:18:02
You can see what nice people I have here. And what a variety of weirdoes I have. And we call them weirdoes because they are. They're very cool weirdoes. Sometimes I wish I had had a kid, but I have two little dogs over there and that probably is about the best I can do. But I don't think I'm so good at that mother stuff, not nearly as good as the mothers that I have known. So I think it all worked out for the best. I'm happy, I'm very happy with my life. Couldn't be any happier, I don’t think.

SHEIR

13:18:50
That was 74-year-old potter, Jill Hinckley. We'll be hearing another audio postcard of an extraordinary elder in D.C. later in the show.
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