Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Rose Skokna.
Mary Rose, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a child I remember using sand, sticks and flowers to express my emotions. I carried this tool of expression with me through my teens into college with painting, chalk, dancing, singing, and finally pottery. When I discovered pottery at Loyola University Chicago I was also majoring in Psychology. The two disciplines sparked so much excitement for me and I was curious how I could combine the two.
It wasn’t until almost a decade after graduating, after moving to Los Angeles and working my way up the ranks in the Restaurant industry that everything came full circle. IT was a series of huge life changes (job, a parent passing away, relationship status) that brought me back to my toolbox of art supplies to help process the emotions that were flooding my body.
I found an old manual kick wheel on craigslist and drove to the Valley. It had been sitting for years in a garage. With my first 25 pounds of clay I threw dozens of cups. Just teacups. I was in the throws of grief when I turned up some ecstatic dance music in my headphones and wailed away. Afterwards, I felt a total sense of calm and the cups I created became symbols of this process.
I now teach others how to throw and move with the clay on the wheel as a mediation practice.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Creating a business for anyone can be a challenge. Building one that is very unique requires even more trust. I made mistakes on waiting to share this technique because I wasn’t sure it was clear enough or structured enough. I’ve come to realize that teaching a creative art business means allowing for a certain amount of release of control and the more I just share about it the more clients are drawn in in a more authentic way. It’s about being clear with myself about what I enjoy doing and then trusting that if I keep sharing what I love, people want to share the experience with me.
Please tell us about Centered Rose.
I am an artist and an empath. I listen to not only what a person is saying but also pay attention to where they are holding tension in their body. I can teach others how to become aware of all the subtle ways our mind and body communicate by practicing the art of pottery. After throwing on the wheel clients feel more awake in their body and mind. This is a key time to coach people through the integration process and discuss what they observed about their time on the wheel. We can then apply it to everyday life.
So we are not just learning an ancient art that is very useful to continue living sustainably on this planet – We learn how to breathe through frustration, laugh with our beginner mind (which I am constantly discovering every time I get on the wheel) and feel empowered to stay centered while the clay moves around our hands.
I work with the whole person, mind, body and spirit, which is vital during this time when we feel so disconnected from all three and find unhealthy ways to cope with the disconnection.
Other tools: CognitiveOS Hypnosis Certified (lucabosurgi.com), Master Reiki Practitioner.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Running around with my siblings outdoors in Illinois. Climbing trees, making miniature villages in the grass for bugs to roam. Snow forts in the winter.
- Ecstatic Pottery Fall Series (6 classes once a week) $100/class
- Single Ecstatic Pottery Class $125
- Couples Tantra Pottery Class $200
- Website: centeredrose.com
- Phone: 708.533.0103
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @centered_rose_ceramics
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/centeredrose
Jonathan Rosales, Mary Rose Skokna