Its far to warm in the studio today for me to work, so I decided to work on my website in my air conditioned house. Life has changed a lot since I was a kid….air conditioning?! Fans and hanging out in the basement were the way to stay cool….unless you knew someone with a swimming pool. I am fortunate to be where I am today.
This also got me thinking about how things have changed since I started working in clay. I did not have a computer. I had to go to the library – a good one, or purchase books and magazines to stay connected with the clay world. Classes and being with potters was the best way to stay in touch. One had to learn how to photograph their own work with film or this new very expensive gadget, a digital camera. Today, I have a computer, I have my own website I control (poorly), an email address, a blog, a facebook page, and now I find myself lost in the time sucking world of Pinterest, Google +, Linked In, and oh, did I mention facebook….yikes. My photography skills are still poor. Our daughter that went to school for photography still shakes her head at my efforts. So….I purchased a smart phone! Yup, its the greatest toy I have ever purchased for myself. Great photos and staying connected while on the go. I am eyeing those really cool tablets too….
My work has evolved and changed as much as technology. Words of encouragement and overwhelming inspiration and ideas have taken me from one form of pot making to another. First I started out making traditional cups and bowls, while trying to find a direction to go in. I dont think I have any photos on my computer of my earliest work…which is probably a good thing. As my work improved I had a huge goal, to be come good enough for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. It was very important to me to find my voice, create artistic work that would be accepted by the jury. Here are a few photos of what I offered the jury and through many reviews, was accepted into the League.
I still make some of this work, but not as often as I used to. I do the sgrafitto as a means of relaxing, I really look forward to it. The ugly part about being a craftsperson is the selling. As stock builds up, one tends to feel they need to sell their work in order to move on to make more and different work. This happenes to me as well, so I had to learn some small business practices. Speaking to gallery owners and applying to shows has become part of the norm…its kind of fun, in a scarey sort of way. Over time, I found that I wasnt selling as well as I wished, so it was time to start thinking of a new direction to go in. I love gardening and plant growth, I love the beach, the sand, the whole thing….I am starting to love glass, glass beads and other pretty things…..One day while lost in ciberspace, I came across a totem created by a potter, made of clay birds and other shapes. It made sense to me. I love the idea. I started dreaming and drawing and came up with something that just took all my favorites and put them together, creating my garden totems of large beads, with texture reminding me of the ocean and seashells, and plants.
The totems make a great partner with the Castles I have made over the years, as well as bird feeders, toad houses and other outdoor items I am creating this year.