One of a kind, earthenware works by South Carolina artist Penny Pierson- Burke.
Today is the day to feed the kiln gods.... These sake cups are almost ready to go. Every time the kiln is loaded it is like Christmas, the process of glazing is the same, but for some reason you are always surprised (some times good, some times not) by what comes out.
For any potter or artist really, there is a part of every creative process that keeps you intrigued and keeps you creating, for me, this is one of those processes. The other process for me is the unlimited amount of stuff you can create with clay. Seriously, I will have to be reincarnated as a potter more times than I can count to make all of the things I have in my head!!!! I will tell anyone; if you dont have a hobby or passion in your life you are missing out. Go now and find a hobby, you willlllll be so much more full filled in your life AND you make some really passionate friends and really cool acquaintances.
Took a road trip with my buddy in training, Junior. Junior is a rescued Lab mix ( I think) with serious social anxiety.. .kinda like his owner. We headed to Asheville to hike and enjoy the day, what the hell was I thinking?? I was fooled by the 52' here, arrived on NC and it was 38', windy and snowing!! We stopped at Chimney Rock and Junior went swimming in the river, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!! See its a Lab thing.
Visited cool shops in Black Mountain, talked with shop keeps allowing myself to become every shops worst nightmare by putting a plug in for my work when ever possible, although Juniors blue eyes softened the blow.
Anyhow, the trip cleared my head, maybe the wind blew out the dead ideas and allowed room for new ones, we may never know.
Came home totally inspired, I worked late that night and all day yesterday. Today will be the same, I hope this continues at least until Spring so I can actually go hiking!
Monday for some, Mudday for me. I have so many ideas floating around in my head it is overwhelming. Solution: ROAD TRIP! I do my best thinking on the road, I can work out all of my marketing strategies, decide how a line of work needs to be set into motion and even stop at Starbucks for my favorite: Grande, decafe, 3 pump Hazelnut Americano. Oh that sounds sooooo good....gotta go..............................NOW!
Yes it is Saturday..... and in the conventional world this means sleeping in, scrambled eggs and bacon, three cups of coffee vs one cup while running out the door.........for me, well its "a day".
Working in an "infinite" environment such as I do there are no clocks, calendars or time constraints.... I WISH. All of these things apply but in a different construct. I usually don't know the date, my daily time is run by whether my work is setting up or if my stomach is rumbling and my calendar is based on customer orders. Here is how it plays out: The order comes in...... the "clay clock" starts ticking....... I have three to 6 weeks start to finish........, no problem right? Wrong! If I have other orders started then its 2 weeks left on this one, 4 days on this one, glaze these, bisque this.......and so on.
The clay clock ticks on and before you know it you are caught in the "infinite clay loop" I was caught in an infinite clay loop for an entire year last year. Before I knew it, it was December and I came out of my studio on to realize I had not stopped filling orders since Nov. 2013. I am not complaining, it was a good year, but............. where did the year go???
It is far to easy for a new artist to get caught in a clay-loop. If you are a new artist beware, don't let this happen to you!!!
My goal this years is to schedule my life by a real calendar.
Rain is so essential but I think we are essential enough. This has been by far the rainyest (obviously bad spelling here, I have a squiggly underline) Winter I can remember.
One thing I can say is that rain means: CREATE. Odd yes, but I don't sit well (ya think?) the rain traps me in four walls and sitting happens. So today I will CREATE. I think I will work on sake/tea cups and try a new bowl idea.. I recently purchased a wheel, my third one (maybe 3 is the charm) I have made so many attempts to create on a wheel and I think I have throwers block or something, I just cant seem to get it. But, now I am determined. As a side, personal note: I am newly separated and the prospect of taking on a career is creating must angst for me. I have worked for 20 years to make my career as an artist and after a full year of doing so I just can't bring myself to throw in the towel now. So, teaching is an option and to do this I MUST When you offer pottery classes, everyone wants to be Demi Moore on Ghost! If you bring out a rolling pin and clay they look at you like you are nuts. So, pleasing the masses I must.
Today I am posting some pics of my recent work, gosh I love flowers on clay, don't you?
To A life of clay, a journey of life, sometimes in the mud sometimes out of the kiln, but definitely as a new, full fledged artist.
As much as I don't understand the blog concept I have decided to attempt my hand (and brain) at jotting down my story of inspiration while building "a life of clay". I am not promising earth shattering insight, but maybe once and a while a story that someone can identify with, a cool bowl and definitely pictures of my K9 companions, Min, Roo and Junior. (Oh and Willow the cat!!)