And.... so.... I am accepting my limitations and getting on with it.
And I contemplated my limitations........
(I missed two dents when I warped my loom, can you see where I missed them, ugh)
I bought lots of chemicals to mix ^6 glazes, knowing somewhere deep down that I would not be successful with them. I have a kiln that was made for raku firing. It is a big kiln, but I have my limitations with patience in trying to figure out how to make it work for ^6. I think the odds of getting a good success rate are poor to none. So, for now, I am sticking with terra sig and raku until I get another mad burst of energy to try again, somewhere far in the future.....
Knowing and accepting one's realistic limitations can make life much easier.
I have limited kiln capabilities, accepted.
I have limited throwing skills, accepted.
I have limited patience with tedious work that I don't enjoy. I don't even like mixing glazes, so why put myself through all of this?
This got me to thinking about what it is I do enjoy, and why don't I just do that, instead of all this trial and error. I guess you gotta try on a bunch of stuff to see what fits, and I keep trying on, but I keep coming back to the same things.
I love raku
I love terra sig
I love mixed media
and now I am trying on things with weaving, I am learning what I like and don't like about that as well.
I tried linen, don't like weaving with it
tried store bought wool, don't like it
I love hemp
I love cotton
I love hand spun yarn
and now I think I have found my raku of the weaving world, rags!
I love rag weaving, it's random and spontaneous and who knows what the outcome will be. Plus I can reuse materials and so it's cost effective for me until I have more experience. And I can stick random things in and have a mixed media piece.
Also, I have my limitations with weaving right now. Like with clay, I am teaching myself and making lots of mistakes and learning from them. But the process needs to be enjoyable, why torture yourself? I didn't enjoy glazing bowls, mixing the glazes and I sure as hell did NOT enjoy the outcome. But yesterday, I enjoyed ripping fabric and weaving it into a beautiful mat, so it's all good!