You are not alone and ask for help. Find something that makes you feel better. Do more of it. Then share your story to help others. Real strength isn’t pretending you’re ok, it’s admitting you’re not. Get off your phone and go and touch a friend and talk to a person.
As a part of my series about strong female leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Florence St. George.
Florence St. George aka Flea, can be seen as a contestant on the third season of The Great Pottery Throw Down now streaming on HBO Max. Her love of ceramics started whilst studying for her BA in Art History at Bristol university. But it wasn’t until she experienced post-natal depression in 2013 that she transitioned from theory to practice and began working with ceramics.
She found the process of throwing and sculpting clay both therapeutic and an effective way of channeling her creative urges. The resulting work shows her technical talent, and her ability to harness raw emotion into beautiful, sculptural ceramics.
Florence lives in the Bahamas where she leads a group of special needs children who use sculpture as a means of expressing themselves. There, they forage and create clay from the natural environment, using the soil to produce functional terracotta works that provide a unique outlet for expression for the children.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
In 2014 just after my little girl, Iris, was born I developed postpartum depression and hashimoto’s disease (hashimotos is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland and can make you feel depressed, tired, and low as well as other symptoms).
During the crazy whirlwind of pregnancy, giving birth, giving up work as a model and actress and travelling between London and a tiny island in the Bahamas (where my husband works) I quickly lost a sense of self and self worth…