One of a kind, earthenware works by South Carolina artist Penny Pierson- Burke.
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.