Sunday, December 9, 2012
It's the little things....
Sitting around in my studio the past two weeks, waiting on tour goers, has given me time for contemplation. What do I really love making?
My first job as a designer right out of school was for a furniture company that made really cheap and not very attractive furniture. They sold the crap out of it. I was just out of design school, carrying around the snob factor that you pick up in school and I thought that I should be designing rooms with Louis XI antiquities.
Ha! Boy did my eyes open quickly. Our top salesperson in Chicago drove a Bentley, stayed at the finest hotels when traveling and once bought me a meal in the Pyramid Room at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. He told me something that I have never forgotten. I was bitching to him about how ugly our furniture was and how was I supposed to design around it and he said to me, "I sell to the masses and I eat with the classes, there are way more customers out there for this cheap shit than the expensive stuff."
I had the masses visit these past two weekends. It's not that they don't like or do not understand my barn sculptures. They love them and appreciate them, they can't afford them. Hell, I can't afford my work. So, this has me pondering where to go in the new year. The little pieces are great, they represent my aesthetic well and they are affordable for those who would like a larger piece but can't afford one. So maybe I will just make some small barns for awhile. Under $50.
I love to raku fire, sorry all you traditional wood firing potters, but raku rocks my world when I take the pieces out of reduction. I like making beads, they are always fun to make and fun to see what the fire does to them. I love making my barns, but they are starting to feel like they are coming out of a factory, don't like that so much. Another artist visited yesterday and said something interesting. He said that when he gets tired of something that he really likes, he puts it away for a year or two and then comes back to it. So I'm thinking that's what I'm going to do. Put the barns away for awhile and try something new. I love weaving too, so I'm going to spend some time with that. Maybe wall hangings with raku accents. Who knows? TIme for change..... time to make little things..... I would also like to get back on my wheel. Maybe raku vases? bowls? lots of possibilities....... lots to look forward to in the new year!
Today is the last day of the tour, come on over!
THANKS SO MUCH to all of you that have come by and supported my work, it's been great talking with all of you!!!!!