Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Lately I have been feeling suffocated by pottery. Many of my friends are potters or clay artists, so when we get together we talk about pottery or we go see pottery. Most of the blogs I read are potter blogs, with conversations about kiln woes, glazes, craft shows, selling pottery, marketing, highs and lows.... many of the books I buy are ceramic books, magazines are ceramic related, I look at all the yummy ceramics on pinterest. And then there is living in North Carolina where everyone you meet is a potter or has taken a ceramics class. Since last July, I spent a good majority of my time in my studio. When I was not in my studio, I was at a craft show or taking work to a gallery or attending a gallery opening. I finally reached burnout on clay. Don't get me wrong, I still love clay, I still love what I make and will continue to develop these house forms, I'm not dead yet. But I have needed this mental break. I only sit still when my body is sick or in pain, so I haven't been very active physically for the past two weeks, but I'm feeling better now and I'm not sitting still much anymore. Since our vacation, I have taken a mental break from clay though, hardly thought about it, and I have slept through the night. Last night, I didn't sleep. When I closed my eyes, it was like looking through one of those kaleidoscopes and I had a night of thinking about new designs, show things I need to do, marketing things that need to be done, and I really need to get Etsy going again. No sleep, so I guess clay is coming back to me. However, looking at the forecast for next week, it is going to have to wait. I just can't work in my studio in this weather, too hot!
I want to have more interests than just clay in the future, so yesterday I went and bought a skein of yarn and got out my old knitting needles from high school and started a very basic scarf. It was so pleasant to sit last night and knit. The tv was off, Gerry and Wes went to bed early and I just sat in the dim lamp light with the clicking of the needles and the soft yarn and it was really nice. I have signed up for a weaving class that starts in September, so we will see where that goes. I may not have time to do both, but I am curious about other craft, so why not give it a try?
Yesterday, Wes and I went shopping for college stuff, dorm needs and supplies. On our way home we got caught out in the worst storm I think I have ever been in. The rain was coming at us in these white opaque diagonal sheets, the visability was zero, the wind was fierce and then it started to hail. I was so scared I was shaking and my heart felt like it would beat out of my chest. I was trying to think of what to do, I needed to get away from all the trees and power lines and telephone poles, I was afraid that something was going to crash on our car, tree branches were falling everywhere. At one point this powerful sheet of rain slammed my car and Wesley said, very calmly "this is bad", " we need to think about what to do here". So we decided to head to a nearby parking lot where at least there wasn't anything that could fall on us. She called Gerry to see if there were any reports of tornadoes in the area, but our cable was out. We were really afraid we had a tornado coming for us! We sat in the parking lot and watched the sky begin to clear and just as quickly as the storm appeared, it disappeared. Wes and I talked about our reaction later and decided we did good. We stayed calm, we didn't panic and we tried to have a plan of action to stay safe. There was a point when we were stuck at an intersection with no cars moving and trees bending all around us, that I was afraid we were going to be seriously injured and I started to think about what would happen if one of those trees crashed on our car. It was good to see how Wesley responded in this situation and I feel like she has good survival instincts. I usually respond ok in a crisis, I stay calm and rational and so does Gerry, so I think maybe we have taught her well.
I am so over this month. It has not been a fun one and I am ready for fall to get here! Just get me through the miserable, hot, humid month of August and I will be ready to get back to work. First thing I have to do is clean up my studio, it has become a dumping ground and one of my shelves collapsed. There are cobwebs forming and dead bugs laying around. Then I have to get some clay and I need to make some new templates. I also want to test some new terra sig and raku colors. Lots to do before I even roll out a slab!