Pottery: When Science and Art Converge
For Charles “Chuck” Manuel ’73, there are four ingredients to a perfect job:
1. It requires you to use your hands.
2. It satisfies your creativity.
3. It involves problem solving.
4. It helps people.
Chuck’s problem? He found two jobs that met his criteria: a chiropractor and a potter. Luckily for Chuck, he could have both.
Chuck never touched clay or spun a potter’s wheel until his senior year at Graceland. A Biology major and a Chemistry minor, Chuck’s interest was Marine Biology. As he entered his senior year, he was finishing up electives and decided to try his hand at pottery. A semester later, he was hooked.
“I just fell in love with the clay. I wound up spending more on pottery alone than on my other classes combined. I decided that if I’d ever go to graduate school, I would get my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) and become a potter,” said Chuck.
After graduation, Chuck and his wife MaryAnn moved to Grand Cayman. Pursuing Chuck’s passion for marine biology, the couple aspired to help start a lobster farm—but when they hit a snag with environmental regulations, Chuck returned to school to pursue his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Puget Sound. At Puget Sound, a back problem afflicted his health. After seeing a chiropractor, Chuck became inspired to go to chiropractic school despite his passion for pottery. Chuck thought he could help more people with a chiropractic career.