Saturday, December 27, 2008
I dreamt last night that it was day one of my pottery classes at Cornell and I had my plan, but everything was going wrong and everybody was chaotic, esp. Denis who was taking the class. YES, that Denis.
So, looking at the cups above, when others are thinking Santas and the rest, I am thinking piggy and experiments. I have made piggy banks for about 20 years. I have put wee little pigs onto mugs for about 10 years. BUT, I am working on some ideas here, like a circular loop handle with zig zags etched on AND to make this sort of foot. How do I describe the foot here? I wanted to whack the bottom of the cup then add a foot in that recess.
I can explain something to you now that Christmas is past, as I explained this to Farmer's wife who owondered why I didn't make Santas and ornaments all season long (I made some, but didn't post it here). I find that as a self-employed person what keeps me excited, happy and hard working every day is variety. I am fortunate not to be a wage slave in China or India, and what I do every day and every hour varies, and I can follow my ideas, like a zebra mug in December. People joked about it and I noticed indeed, where were the Santas? Where were the ornaments? I am making some (for next year!!!!!) and I do have ideas for Santa mugs and such that I havn't gotten to yet, and in years past I have made and sold cute snowman candle holders and such. But I find that if I am busy with a lot of ideas, and I always am, I have a hard time with repetition. Sort of like it is easy to make 30 different items in one day, but feels like back breaking work to make 10 of the same. So what I tend to do is make seasonal stuff all year long, and maybe never enough. I just probably would have gone nuts if I got into a lot of Christmas stuff this fall--because then people would have asked for it and more and more, when I wanted to just make a variety instead, and all of it sold well. I am more in the mood NOW to make Christmas stuff than I was a month ago-----because now the pressure is off
(pottery by Gary Rith)
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