Most days it is easy to go to the studio and get to work. I rarely get bored and love to think up new ideas to keep my creativity flowing. Occasionally there are days where my motivation is lacking. I’ve learned to accept these blips and know to take a break from my clay routine to rejuvenate. Among my favorite remedies to help me reboot are a walk with the dog, coffee with a friend or trip to my favorite yarn shop.
The repetition of creating a hunk of clay into a useful, beautiful object is rhythmic and familiar. I like that part of the process. Figuring out a new shape is inspiring too. Cutting out a fresh design and piecing it together is exciting – especially when the picture in my head of what I’d like to create matches or exceeds the finished product! Goal setting is another motivator for me. I think this is why I enjoy creating special orders for customers. I love the challenge of developing a clay creation inspired by another person’s idea.
In addition to replenishing my standard inventory and preparing for several upcoming sales, I’ve got several custom projects in development. I’ve been working on a special garden accent that has me exploring mosaic-type installation. Several trips to the local hardware store (one of my favorite haunts) have given me ideas and the confidence to produce this fun design. Several other custom orders are in process of development, final approval and production as well.
I’m working on my 2017 angel design. My friend, Patti Cain was the inspiration for making angels when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. After her death, I have continued to make a new series each year and donate a portion of these proceeds to breast cancer and hospice charities. The motivation behind this series happens naturally each year.