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I tried new designs on the potter’s wheel like chip and dip sets, Olive Oil Cruets, Wine Mugs.
I came up with new sgraffito designs like my cat mugs and mushroom mugs.
But to be honest, I was bored.
That made me feel rather guilty. I have all this wonderful equipment and tons of glaze chemicals, and boxes of clay but I really didn’t want to make anything. I was forcing myself to sit at the potters wheel.
One day I prepped some clay, plopped it on the wheel head and starred at it. I couldn’t think of anything new to make.
So, I decided to push my pottery stuff to the side for a short time and play with other mediums.
All my sketch pads, colored pencils, watercolor paints, acrylic paints and paint brushes were sitting in a box in a loft in my studio waiting for the day when I took them down and dusted them off.
That day has come.
My glazing table has been rearranged to accommodate painting and drawing. I am being drawn to do some abstract art and have signed up for some online classes to get the creative juices flowing.
Wire weaving and enameling are also something I am diving deeper into as well. I have been wire weaving for years and just started enameling on copper a few years ago but there is so much more to learn and explore.
Thats what floats my artistic boat
Building new skills and learning new techniques have energized my creative spirit again. I dont know where this will take me or even for how long.
My pottery is still in my thoughts and I will get back to it. Maybe with me letting go of it will bring me back, stronger and even more creative.
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