This yarn is for a project I already have in mind incorporating some turquoise raku beads.
With the raku I did yesterday and the smoke fired houses, I am feeling some real changes and new directions for the new year, which is, YIKES! just over a month away!
I spent the past two years busting my ass, promoting my work, getting into some nice galleries and shows, getting some good press and quite honestly I am mentally worn out from it all. The recognition and affirmation of my work has been great and much appreciated. But it has also caused me to become competitive and more concerned with sales than just making art and I have to find a new path. I don't like the me that comes out when I get competitive, it is not a good fit. So, I think for the next year, no more show applications, I am happy to accept invites, if anyone wants to invite me. But I'm not going to pay much attention to the people that do get invited when I'm not one of them. No more searching for the latest hot gallery. I have several galleries that are very kind to me and send me checks monthly and I hope to continue my relationships with them. No more looking at what some other potter is making and wishing I made it, I make what I make with my own voice, not the voice of another artist, so be it. The house form wants to grow and I want to explore that, so the mass production of my "popular" seller may slow down quite a bit (maybe not, we'll see...).
I feel like a kid that is going through a growth spurt. Those of you with kids, remember how that is?
When I first found clay, I read everything I could get my hands on, magazines, books, websites. I took workshops and classes and taught myself through many trials and failures and enough successes to keep my hooked for the past ten years. I feel like that with weaving right now, I am reading everything I can find and I have so many ideas my head is spinning. But I also still love clay and I have a lot of new ideas for exploring the house form and for using clay with weaving projects.
Now to find enough hours in the day and enough energy for all of it.
I'm still running, three weeks now, I have worked up to running 2:30 minutes and walking 90 sec. for 20 minutes. Feels great, but the cold weather is here and I am less than motivated to get out and run on a damp cold day. Gerry is mostly shooting ball games right now, so he is around a lot and hard to ignore, he's pretty cute, you know. and there is also cute daughter that will be home soon for holiday break. So, I'm wrapping up clay work for the year, yesterday was my last firing. My studio is all clean and ready for the Chatham Artist tour and after that, it's family time with maybe a little weaving. I had considered more clay time, but I want to sell what I have and then see where things stand. I can always take orders.
Right now I am just seeking balance and joyful days with my family and friends. Hope all of you can do the same.