Saturday, May 27, 2017

creating a working cycle that says.. I give a damn about my future self

DirtKicker Pottery

So last year I really set myself up for a long term glaze nightmare.

It started last May when my Mom passed away.  I was sad for a long time and I spoiled myself in the studio.  For 8 months I worked only my favorite part of the making process.  I threw on the wheel, hand-built and illustrated on pots.  I didn't glaze or glaze fire and I didn't sell pots.      

So you can imagine what 8 months of making left me with.  Tons of  detail glazing, taking photos, measuring and listing new pottery for sale.   For me, that's the tedious work part of the process.

I don't mind spending a few days glazing, but I do mind spending a few months glazing.

A lot is lost when there is a long stretch between firings.  Ideas are forgotten and inspiration is cloudy.  Also, technique gets rusty and results are not as good as they should be.

Procrastinating the glaze work is not something new for me.  It's been a problem always.

SO FROM NOW ON.. I will not allow my making process to go beyond the number of pieces that it takes to fill "one" glaze kiln.     A promise I'm making to my future self.

I can do this!

My Spring-Summer pottery is finally starting to make it's way out of the glaze kiln.  Now it's time to get it sold and make room for what comes next!


DirtKicker Pottery
Nature Girl Mug