Did you ever feel compelled to change your name? When I got married I was reluctant to take on a new name but as a traditionalist, I took on Hugo as my surname. I’ve grown very fond of being Margaret Hugo over the years; in fact, it is part of who I am.
When I joined the Potters Association several years ago, I became aware that there’s another Margaret Hugo who lives in Hartebeespoort. Since she is also in Gauteng, I decided I need to include my maiden name, so I became Margaret Melville Hugo. At the recent Regional Ceramic Exhibition, several people were congratulating me for my work and asking me to tell them more about it. Well, the work belonged to the other Margaret Hugo! I did not enter the competition. She has exhibitions and there is often confusion about which Margaret Hugo’s work is represented.
I have put my name Margaret Melville Hugo on the backs of my new range of platters in under glaze and MRMH is also engraved. This will be the last time that the name Margaret Melville Hugo will appear on any of my work.
When I am in a dilemma I always call my friends together and they help me to decide the way forward. I am going back to being Margaret Melville.
This is the start of a whole new chapter in my life and I feel excited about the new beginning.
What would you do if you were in this situation?