Often, after I’ve had a big creative flurry I hit a bump. Occasionally this might be a creative block when I can’t think of anything to make. Usually, it’s a case of mishaps. Two steps forward and one step back. Growth can be messy and frustrating.
It’s been that kind of week in the clay studio. A figurative wheel spinning has been in place. For me, the creative process works like this. I’ve learned to accept it and not get caught up in the failures. I try to learn from the mistakes and fold that knowledge into the ultimate success of making a piece.
When I’m developing a new (to me) shape in the studio it takes several steps before it becomes part of my ongoing inventory. I first make a prototype of a piece from start to finish. This way, I can double check its functionality, observe how the glazes work and tweak the design for multiple production. Making more than one item at a time not only helps with efficiency in the studio, it helps keep the final cost down for the customer.
Based on the failures in the clay studio I’ve experienced this week, I have some ideas of how to improve the production for future success. As frustrating as this process can be, it’s also rewarding. I’m constantly thrown ‘outside the box’ to think of a new approach to a problem. Of course, I like to apply this lesson to my daily life as well. Battle those doubts when you don’t succeed and try, try again!