I was feeling a little pissy today after seeing the Containment Show online at Crimson Laurel. It's a great show and there are a couple of really nice houses in it. They aren't MY houses, I wasn't invited :( but they are really nice, and the artists that made them do wonderful things with clay and the house form. So of course I started feeling less than wonderful about my work, you know... the voices.... dang that's a great idea, wish I had thought of that..... then..... get them out of your head, do your own thing!! So I put my head down, went out to the studio, turned up loud Nirvana and got to work.
I hung little baby up on the church wall and was feeling good, so I gave myself a little talking to, it went like this: you are in one of the nicest galleries in Charlotte, which is the largest metropolitan city in NC and you have already sold two pieces there, one of which was in a magazine ad for the gallery, you are also in a beautiful gallery in downtown Raleigh, the state capital, you are in other very lovely galleries, you are in the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild and the Chatham Artists Guild and you have been invited to be in several very wonderful shows this year, you raised your prices and your work is still selling, you have collectors..... and this has all happened in ONE year.
So, shut up and just make what you make and quit worrying about what everyone else does! There! I felt much better :) and this piece with the baby hanging kicks a*%, I love this thing!
Because you said do it, I did. I put a cameo on a house and it's pretty cool, I like it with the cups. I sat down this morning and threw a half a dozen, added the sprig to a few and left some without. I forgot that I actually like throwing on the wheel. Maybe I'll just build a wood kiln and start making functional work..... become a purist, a zen potter, a cup maker.....
hmmmm....... nay, I can't glaze.
It's the moon.... I'm in it's cycle and feeling disturbed by it :)