Andy Witt is the other half of Circa Ceramics, the shape-maker of wife Nancy’s colorful canvases. At 38 he was settling into a comfortable life of making and selling pottery. Then in the waning months of winter 2010 the two found out they had a little one on the way. Totally caught off guard, but beyond happy with the turn of events, their lives will be forever changed on or around October 30.
First of all, with the risk of getting poked by Nancy, I am really happy that pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. It is giving us time to adapt to our situation and to try and prepare for raising our first child.
When I first found out about our baby, I was really freaked out. My second thought was that we were going to have to close our business. The way we produce our work requires both of our hands to touch each piece of pottery and I am just not sure if we will be able to maintain this level of work. Luckily, the due date is in late October so with a little planning we will be able to finish our busy summer schedule and get a good jump on work before the holiday sales begin. Whatever the case may be, we know that we’re not alone and we are getting a lot of inspiration from other artists that have already been through this.
What I really enjoy the most about my relationship with Nancy is that we do everything together. All of our time is spent with each other. Having a child will not change this, and if anything will only make it better, as now our child will be right there along with us. It is going to require a little bit of work as we baby-proof our studio, but the added bonus of having our child grow up in a creative environment is beyond both of our own childhood experiences.
I think what I’m most worried about is trying to raise a child in a large city. I grew up way out in the countryside in a time when children were left to wander around by themselves. This will definitely not be happening. Luckily my parents still live in that idyllic setting, so I plan on taking frequent trips back home — I would like our child to be able to experience a little bit of the country life.
We’re still waiting for a week 20 ultrasound to find out if we’re having a girl or a boy. I think Nancy wants to have a boy, but I would like to have a girl. We’ve also been having a difficult time in the name department. So far, everything has been sounding like bad usernames, and we keep worrying about strong password protection. All joking aside, I am sure that we’ll know the right name when we hear it, it will just take a little bit of time.
For our nursery, we have yet to plan on what we’re doing. I’m guessing that I will be taking on a few remodeling projects this summer. Some of the ideas so far have involved animal motifs and the use of natural materials, but any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Please suggest any nursery decor that you think CircaCeramics
and other new dads would like in the comments!