Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Learning new things.... mostly about myself
I am inspired, recharged and looking towards new paths for my journey through my art life.
The workshop was fantastic and my head is very likely to explode at any moment from all the new information trying to squeeze in there. I learned new techniques, discovered new tools, and found that I might just want a slower pace for creating.
I like this jewelry making thing, like it a lot. I even sold a few of my raku beads to one of the very sweet workshop participants.
My blogger pals were even there in spirit. See the little clay bird from blogger Julie Whitmore?!
There were 12 of us in the workshop, the studio space was charming, the hostess, Kim Beller, even more charming than the studio. But I managed to have my usual social anxiety when stuck in a crowded space with loudness and too many people talking all at once. These were all very talented and very sweet women, but I just cannot manage to be in a room like this for very long, so I spent a lot of time on the second day outside, by the pool in a chair by myself, sewing. I'm sure I appear to be aloof and antisocial, and well, I am, but not on purpose. I just get overwhelmed mentally with a lot of loud noise and I have to go to a quiet place to get my head clear.
I would come in from time to time for the demos, gather around the table with everyone while Nina showed us something amazing and wonderful, then run back outside for air. I am quite possibly nuts!
Nina brought Walter, and I could probably be best friends with this amazing creature. My next dog may have to be a springer spaniel. What a dog!
I ended up making nothing, but learning much. Most everyone made a bracelet, all beautiful. I don't know how people create and talk and listen to others talk. Am I the only one that needs a quiet room to work, a quiet room to sleep, a quiet room to eat? I basically need quiet.....
Nina Bagley is one very talented and very wise woman, and I am so glad this workshop came together for me. I have been a fan of hers for a few years, love her blog, and being a fellow Libra, I totally got her teaching style. She brought lots of tools that I was not familiar with and I have a long list of things I want now. See that bright orange cylinder in the right corner? That is a tiny butane torch that I will have to have. I tried it out on my copper raku glaze, and it created the most interesting sparkles when I heated up the bead. Might be an interesting thing to play with for surface treatments.
Walter, you sweet boy!
Not quite the same work table that I am used to, but it was fun to learn new things.
Thank you Nina and Kim for a wonderful weekend to recharge my art battery. I am ready to get some new work made, but first I have to go to the theater today and pull some props, Gerry is off tomorrow and we should probably do something fun, my art pals have summoned for a gathering this week, Wesley may come home for the weekend, and I need to make more stars, and I need to fire my kiln, and on and on it goes...... more time please!
Of course it wouldn't have been a trip to the beach without some ACOA drama with my mom, but I will spare you. I sat here for awhile yesterday and added some tears to the ocean. God, I have spent a lifetime trying to outgrow the pains of childhood. It just never goes away. I couldn't get home fast enough to the quiet and sanity of my house. Poor Wesley, thanks for listening to me for an hour on the phone yesterday while I drove home. You are an anchor in a turbulent sea, you and your dad.