Seven years ago (give or take a few weeks), a little middle schooler named Halle turned on her family’s desktop computer and logged into her brand-new Moodle account to figure out how to get to this new online math class of hers she was taking from this place called the Potter’s School. The very first thing she noticed upon logging into this questionably designed website was a little box mentioning something about a school newspaper called The Cracked Pot.
After a few years of taking classes with what she now called TPS, Halle finally filled out an application for that school paper she’d heard so much about, and she ended up interviewing teachers each month and sharing their lives and stories with the students of this school she had grown to love so so much. One year on a whim, she decided to apply for an editor position and ended up getting to work with the writers of some of her favorite columns, working hard to encourage and build them up just like her past editors had always done for her (Allison Nagel & Camilla Lopez — you will forever be my favorite editors).
By February of that year, Halle had somehow gotten herself into an extremely mysterious process of applying for a position as the senior editor of this paper. And then one day in April she was officially asked to take over this little ezine alongside two others, one with a very similar story, and the other who somehow jumped in during the middle of it all.
Not even a decade later and The Potter’s School and The Cracked Pot have both received some major rebrands . . . I’ve been reflecting a whole lot lately on how much has changed and happened in just seven years and how honored I am to have watched it all take place. I really don’t have the words to say how blown away and impressed I am by our incredible staff and this first full issue of clay Magazine.
To all of you faithful readers– thank you for remaining so loyal these past years, for guiding your friends to our little corner of the interwebs, and for continuously providing the encouragement needed to produce each issue. We could not be more thankful for you.
And to all those middle schoolers visiting this little ezine for the very first time– we are so excited to have you join us here. Soak it all in. Enjoy this month’s articles on everything from perspective in photography and banana caramel pancake recipes to John Wycliffe and the solar eclipse. And one day, when you’re ready, and you feel like it might be your thing, apply to write with us! Because odds are, one of y’all will probably be running this ship in seven years time. Do you think it could be you?
p.s. World Maritime Day is on Thursday… don’t miss it.