Writing a blog about being a clay artist often gets personal. One of my goals for making weekly entries is to reveal who I am as an artist and what drives me in the studio. Life and art cannot help but intertwine. Some of my readers know me in life; others have met me through my pottery. I like documenting my art and my life in this way, but I sometimes struggle with how much to reveal. Is it TMI (too much information)? Is it NEI (not enough information)?
The blog has been a great way to keep up with my friends scattered throughout the world. I love hearing feedback from them. It’s also great to get feedback from people I don’t know as well that have a piece of my pottery they bought at a show or received as a gift. When I do, it reinforces the goal I’ve established to write about my art and my life each week.
This past week built up to a significant lifetime passage in my universe with a wedding shower for my daughter. She’s getting married in the fall. Her fiancé’s family is from Huntsville, Alabama. I’ve written several posts about my introduction to this welcoming southern city (and family!) throughout the past year. As you’ll see in some of the clay pieces I’ve recently designed, I know that shape of the state of Alabama pretty well by now! I’ve gained new friends, additional sales outlets and customers for my pottery, and tons of fantastic ideas for new creations from the studio. What more could an artist-girl ask for?!?
When you read each week’s blog post, just remember I’m writing these entries each Monday morning, reflecting on the past week. What was significant in my life? What was I thinking about as I worked in the studio each day? What did I make? What did I learn? This is what helps motivate me to continue writing and shaping clay. Sharing these details with you reinforces and documents the artistic journey I travel each day. Thank you for being a part of it with me! I couldn't do it without you.