Adult friends are funny.  

Before I moved to Casper all of my friends were people I met in high school, college, volleyball – basically anyone who was associated with school or after school activities. Very rarely did I have friends outside of these circles.  

When I moved to Casper for a job, I had to face the reality that finding adult friends is a lot harder than finding the friends I had made thus far.  I wasn’t surrounded by 15 other girls forced to play live and breath volleyball together, or 60 other students trying to navigate through Chem 1. No more of those strange social settings that happened to produce some of my most treasured friends.  Now, my “how did you meet so and so” doesn’t start with we went to high school together, or we were roommates in college, instead it requires a much more elaborate story.  

This brings me to Jessica Snell.  

Jessica is extremely talented, makes beautiful pottery and gave me the honor of taking some pictures of her amazing work.  Our “how did you meet story” starts in 2012, when I first moved up to Casper. 

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer

Back at Colorado School of Mines, there was another Emily C.   I knew of her but I had never met her.  There was a time when I showed up for an interview for an internship and her name was in my time slot instead of mine, so I blame not getting that internship on her (at least that’s what I’m telling myself, ha). 

Ironically, she ended up getting a job with the same company that I did, in the same town.  We started talking on good ole’ Facebook and attempted to meet up, but our oilfield schedules never allowed that to happen.  

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer

Eventually she transferred down to Colorado and our meet up never happened.  One day I got a message from another Mines girl, Clair, who also happened to be talking with the other Emily C but like me, she had never met her.  We made plans to meet, and thus my first adult friend in Casper was born.  

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer

Clair worked at an oil refinery in town and just so happened to work with Jessica, who she invited to wine night (something we use to do a lot), and there you have it!  I’ve met a lot of amazing ladies in Casper from these wine nights and I feel incredibly fortunate for that.  

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer

Back to Jessica, her passion for pottery emanates throughout this photoshoot and I love that.  Each piece is one of a kind.  She can make the same mug, with the same glaze, fire it in the same way and it could come out completely different.  What an incredible art form.  So different from graphic design, or digital photography, where I know exactly what I’m getting.  

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer

I think this says a lot about the kind of person Jessica is, and it’s one of the things that I love about her.  She’s able to go with the flow, put her heart and soul into a piece and just let the fire decide what will come out.  She has a story for every piece.  Like this mug with the beautiful deep red. When she originally made it, she was aiming for neutral coloring but got something so completely different – can’t help but appreciate the process.  

I mean, how dang poetic is that?! 

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer

What a way to approach life.  Giving your all, hoping for a specific outcome, getting something so utterly different from what you were expecting that you have no other choice but to love it and appreciate it because it’s so much more than what you could have imagined. 

Does that make sense? Or have I had too much coffee? 

Regardless, I’m inspired by Jessica and her work and I hope to keep that perspective with me. Especially through these unemployed, unknown and un-“what i expected my life to be right now” times.  

pottery photoshoot with jessica snell || DayDreamin'Engineer