I do my best cleaning when I am expecting company. Is it the same for you? The accumulated dust and cobwebs get addressed, unfinished decorating projects get completed, languishing art gets rearranged and hung on the wall. It’s the same when I host an open studio. I do my best to keep the studio ‘clean’ and organized, but my creative area gets a complete overhaul and scouring when company is invited.
Clay is a dusty business. There is no way around that, other than to try to continually clean up after a creative session. I learned that discipline first from my high school art teacher Winnie Owens. She was a stickler about cleaning up the potter’s wheel and tools after each session. It was a great habit to learn, especially when using a public creative space.
I spent the past week mopping, dusting and organizing my studio into a sales space for my Open Studio on Sunday. It’s an opportunity to observe my ‘body of work’ that has accumulated over the year with a fresh perspective. I quickly finished some projects that needed a final touch, enjoyed the glaze combinations that have evolved over the year, and took time to admire the signature style I’ve created as ClayByLaura.
Thank you for being my muse, my customer and my friends. I’d say it was a ‘clean sweep’ and I’m happy to open up my studio for you any time!