Thanks for popping in. Great day today. Brilliant meeting with the accountant – which was a welcome surprise, I can tell you! Sometimes you just can’t see the spot you’re standing on, and it takes somebody else to size up the situation for you. All this hard work is paying off, I’m happy to report. January is always such a telling month, almost sinister after the happy Christmas period and all the festivities. So many businesses are closing their doors too, as Grace blogged about so succinctly yesterday over on the Clarity Matters blog. I’ve known friends, good friends, clever people, go to the wall – and it wasn’t necessarily down to them. So I am very grateful (and relieved) that Clarity is going from strength to strength. Long may it continue.
Skipped off to potty pottery this afternoon, to carry on with my latest creation – my African sculpture….Last week I spent 3 hours perfecting a little manhead…
This week, it was time to do the body….
You definitely need a lot of imagination with this one! At one point I was wishing I had stuck to bowls. BUT. The theme this term is Africa, and I have it in my mind’s eye to handbuild a couple – a man and a woman.
Here’s the thing. I’ve done the man’s head, but there’s something about this body which looks way too feminine. You see it too, right?!? So I decided to do the woman’s body here, and sort out the man’s body next week, with bigger shoulders (or something !) He’s ok with that. Like he’s going to argue with me! I’m making the heads separately anyway, so you can swop them if you’re feeling kinky. Like I said – POTTY POTTERY!
Eunice showed me a really clever trick with kitchen paper and porcelain slip. Brilliant! Look! Such a great teacher!
Now you can see she’s a woman, can’t you?! Doesn’t that look fantastic?! Now for the arms….
I know, I know. Ridiculous! Artistic license, I think it’s called. Don’t say a word about the shoulder pads and the concave chest either!
It’s like a lot of art – it ain’t over till it’s over. And this chick thought she was a bloke until about 2 o’clock this afternoon!
Homework tonight? Make her head. I have brought a lump of clay home to work on the face.
I’m thinking though, that I want to build a wonderful folded headdress out of the paper towels soaked in porcelain slip. You know what I mean.
Just had an idea. I’ll pierce her ears! I’ve got loads of wacky costume earrings from the good old days, which need a new purpose!
You know how you escape into Groovi and stamps and stencils and mixed media? Well, much as I love our world of Clarity art, for me it is mostly attached to business and commercial enterprise nowadays. That’s the price I have paid for turning my passion into a business. It’s fine, and as I say, I am very grateful.
But now pottery gives me that door to wonderful creative freedom. Art for art’s sake. No business links, no commercial attachment – just pure play. And those 3 hours that I take on a Wednesday afternoon, to go do something completely outside of my comfort zone, to soak up knowledge, to learn a whole new skillset – those 3 hours are the absolute highlight of my week. They also give me joy and energy to keep on Clarity-trucking….
Moreover, whilst I do love it when it works – you know what I mean – I am less interested in the outcome than the physical process. It’s not about getting to the top of the mountain for me; it’s about the climb up the mountain.
Time to go sculpt a little African woman head…
Love & Laughter –
PS And my African wall hanging came out of the kiln a treat! Now I just need to join all the bits together. Recognise the stamps?