It's odd, when you are moving forward, doing your thing, time seems to move more slowly than when you look back and realize how much has happened in such a short period of time. Like, did I really just build a studio in March of this year? Did my daughter really just go away to school only 4 weeks ago(I feel like she has been gone a year).
I also got out my hard drive with photos from the past few years, and boy has my work changed! I am proud to say that it is definitely moving forward and getting stronger and I see a journey when I look at these pictures. A journey of finding my way with clay. Trials and errors with glazes, clay bodies, wood firing, raku, earthenware, cone 10, cone 6, I've tried it all.
I think that I have found my happy place at ^04 with terra sigilata and non functional pottery.
My goal is to quit dicking around with all of the little shit I get myself caught up with. You know those times when you are in your studio and you are really not with it, so you squish some clay around and maybe press it in a mold you have and something comes out and you think, oh that's cute, then you fire it, glaze it and it ends up on your table in the sale basket for $1? Well, that is coming to a screeching halt. I have had too many of those items in a basket, and it's time to move on with better and more refined pieces. The little crap is a time suck!
I have noticed that when I am focused and I sit and work on one piece and do everything as well as my skills will allow me, the piece is great, I can get a good price for it, and the time it takes is the same time that the little shit sucked from me. Here is my monitor for what is good. I look at my shelf full of stuff and decide what pieces I want to take down to photograph for an application that might be coming up. I guaran-damn-tee you that I am NOT pulling down those little mindless items I made, so why am I making them!?!?! I know why, because I make them for the cheap ass people that won't spend $10 on anything except a turkey leg and a lemonade. I had my fill of those corndoggers (I love Cindy Shake's term here!) this past Spring and I made very little for all the time it took me to think about those people and they still didn't buy. I do like making ornaments and sometimes, I like making pendants, and I get a fair price for them considering my time, but that's about it. Time to change direction, I feel it coming........
I've started with my blog design, a little freshening up for fall. Peace ya'll
PS: Since I wrote this my google news page tells me that the U.S. household income has dropped to the lowest point since 1996, so what's the point in making ANYTHING, who is going to have any money to buy it?!?!?!?! The poor corndoggers can't even feed their families!!!! Can we please get a good business mind to run this f'ing country, please!???!?!