One thing I have realised -is this past year, I have not been as regular with blogging as in prior years.
I still spend time as often as I can in my beautiful studio, although some days it may only be an hour. My body is my main blocker of me being in there more, but I am so grateful that I actually have the space to disappear into. It is definitely my heavenly space!
Having a partner who loves his shed/s as much as I love mine, we spend a lot of time there.
The problem is 'how much' floor space is fair to each of us. The new shed has a one third/two third split, with me having the smaller section. And then there is another shed (equivalent to a 3 car garage) that he 'needs' to store gardening gear, tools, Christmas decs etc. I've been begging for a slice of that space as I am squished and bursting at the seams in the studio.
YAY I've been donated a cupboard in the 'work shed', and a bigger cabinet for the verandah/kiln area. Whew, the chosen one has helped moving things about and I now have shelves for new work.
I've also been reading some Feng Shui books and have fiddled about with some strategies of placement of objects in the studio and energy feels great, fresher and inspiring.
Now, I am never one to run out of ideas, as some artists call the void 'artists block', it doesnt seem to strike me. I definitely have days when I'm not in the mood for creating something new, but as I usually have many projects on the go at once, those days I will just choose another activity. There are lots of 'stages' in clay making- first the actual building phase, then drying time, adding detail, firing, glazing, then another fire and then polishing. My studio always has a few pieces in each of these phases, so I can choose something I'm in the mood for, and immerse myself in that. Then usually whilst I'm in the zone, ideas will starting popping into my mind for the next project. I might sketch a quick drawing to remind me when I'm ready, or just pop the idea into the back of my head and pull it up when its needed.
I havn't entered any exhibitions for many years, but saw an opportunity on Facebook that intrigued me- a call out to make a pouring vessel, that can hold 750mls, to use for wine. Now I LOVE any botanical, so decided to incorporate this love into making the jug with grape leaves. It was a little technical, having to calculate clay shrinkage to get the end result to hold the required volume of liquid, but it was also lots of fun and I love the end result. It may not get chosen to be in the exhibition, but thats ok, I can use it for another show in autumn this year. Here are some images of it.
I am a certified creative addict- having played with arty methods constantly since childhood. Now I work mostly in clay, painting and textiles - always designing and making new objects.