Thanks for popping in. And thanks all you Goovi parchers, for tuning in to watch lovely Linda and invest in her fab new plates on HOCHANDA today – we do love a sell out!
Me? I spent the entire day holed up in my little artroom getting ready for the upcoming 2-4pm TV show on Sunday. Nearly ready. One more session tomorrow and I’ll be all set. Sometimes I wonder whether I shouldn’t delegate all this prep to others, and focus on the business of the business. I actually do with big Groovi parchment shows; there’s no way my neck could hack it, and I just haven’t got enough time. So Karen Jackson helps me on those occasions, and that is indeed a blessing.
But as for the rest. Well let me paint the picture. I spent the whole day alone today. No music, no noise (except the resident blackbird outside the window). And I have been at it for nigh on 12 hours now. Can’t give it up though! This down time, this art time, is when I get my head straight! This is when I actually step away from the money side of art, the pressure of being both designer and manufacturer. We are growing steadily, building the team, expanding the business, and there are a lot of very competent people at Clarity now, who are picking up complex jobs and projects, and running with them. They don’t need me in the building as much as perhaps they did a while ago, so I can withdraw and regroup in my head.
I have to do that, you see. I have to step away from the action, and do my own prep. It’s give me so much more control over the TV show on Sunday too! So I chose to keep my feet on the ground, and reaffirm that I AM a crafter, and I AM an artist, regardless of the rapidly expanding business. This is where I have my best ideas, when there’s no head traffic.
Anyway, I even went to pottery yesterday afternoon. I LOVE it. I really, really do. Want to see how my teapot is coming along? It was so funny yesterday. I had made the basic shape the week before…
And yesterday it was time to add the spout and handle. Who knew that pottery was so smutty?!
Teacher: “You have to decided how long you want it.”
Barbie (raised eyebrow): “Want what?”
Teacher: “The spout, of course! Do you want a long thin one or a short fat one?”
Barbie: “Well, I just want one which doesn’t dribble really…”
And so on and on and on…
Attaching the spout was about as phallic as it gets, really. Look!
And when it came to the handle, I nearly lost it! If you’ve ever pulled a clay handle, you will understand.
So I had to build a little prop, a little teapot scaffold..
And then I worked on that handle, stroking it and smoothing it painstakingly – until, my little teapot was ready to go in the kiln for its first firing.
Now I have to wait until next week, to see whether the handle and the spout stayed on !!!
It’s a wonderful pastime. Exciting, stimulating and challenging. Not to mention FUN.
Love & Hugs,