Thursday, October 18, 2007

oops, time flies

I am amazed to see how long it has been since I last posted. It does not seem so long because I've been talking to my blog readers for days now! I have had so many things I wanted to write about but have not found the time to sit down and put it into words--and I don't have any new pictures to post.
I've been thinking about how much I appreciate the opportunity to see into other potters lives (through their blogs) and how interesting it is to discover the commonality among us potters. It seems that our inner experiences are incredibly similar in spite of the wide discrepancies in experience, skill and talent. Even the potters who produce fabulous work write about pressures to produce work on time, of good quality and wide appeal. In a way, I guess I most enjoy reading about the disappointments and challenges because they reassure me that I can keep on struggling and not fret too much over my own failures.
I will have a booth in our guild's pottery sale Saturday. I have really struggled to get work made for this show even though I've known about it for months. It seemed just like the year-end theme for a college course: you know all semester or year that it will be due in May. Yet for some reason (or none) you can't determine the subject and how to develop it until there is almost no time left. Then finally you are off and running just hoping that you get to the finish line before the due date has passed. That is how it has felt these last couple of months. I seemed unable to produce anything until just a week or so ago. I've had to have the kiln running non-stop--and of course that is when it began not firing just right. It has fired so consistently ever since I got it 2 1/2 years ago but now it is very inconsistent. Well, I take care of that after the move. For now, just gotta get the work done and packed for the show on Saturday.

1 comment:

Ron said...

I hope you have a great show. I can totally relate to getting ready and how you get really going at the very end. I always feel like I need another week to make those pots that are 'just right'. It's good that we are always striving for more. It gets us from one kiln load to the next, even if there are problems along the way. I am looking forward to firing next week, and then getting on to making more pots.