Friday, August 5, 2011
The way it used to be
Was this really just four years ago? It seems like soooo long ago. A friend of mine shot this picture at The Artscenter in Carrboro. This is probably the tiniest community studio that exists, but it serves A LOT of people. This is the way I used to make pottery. I hated it. Don't get me wrong, I loved the people there(well most of them anyway), I made some good friends that I still spend time with, I worked as an assistant and taught a handbuilding class, so I learned a lot. But trying to focus was impossible with all of the constant chatter and lack of space and trying to get ANYTHING to survive was a miracle. Beginners would pick up the greenware, break it, kilns were seldom loaded properly or working properly, and then pieces that did survive would get taken by some "admirer". I was constantly frustrated, but it was a good place to learn and now that I look at this photo, it makes me appreciate even more all of my hard work. I received a grant to purchase my own kiln, I saved money from shows for a year to build my own studio and buy my own wheel, and I have worked very hard to get to this place. It hasn't been easy, but to think that four years ago, I was making all of my work in this crowded social gathering spot, it amazes me that I actually stuck with it. My mom used to say that I quit everything I started, never finished anything, but this has stuck and I have grown so much since I started pottery in 2003. For those of you that are working in your kitchens, garages, anywhere you can just to get you clay fix, keep on keeping on! We all do what we can to make our art. Some are fortunate to have amazing studio spaces but you can make art anywhere if you have the desire. Now if the heat would just give me a break! At least the crowded Artscenter had AC!