Thanks for popping in. Stepped back today. Took my Clarity business hat off and had a major sort out, a declutter, yet another Spring Clean. There’s so much gear accumulated in this little SHAC Studio, that it doesn’t take much to make a mess. Couple of TV shows and Facebook Lives sessions, and it looks like a BOMZITIT!! There also comes a point where you just can’t work effectively – there’s too much noise.
Decided to make a little space, a light, quiet space away from work, where I can practise my lino cutting and printing. Somewhere else. A different outlook. Found just the spot at the bottom of the garden in the log cabin. Perfect. A lot of back and forth, moving ink and tools, tables and presses. But by tomorrow it will be right.
Emptied the kiln this morning too. Another successful haul….
Glazing this weekend. Got so much fired to biscuit, but not glazed! I made some what I am calling Balance Bowls. They’re pinched and set on three legs, so that they balance perfectly, like a milkmaid’s stool. Still in the rough, but I reckon they’ll be perfect for Raku next month. I shall make some more this weekend. I like them. Maybe a few larger ones….
Balance. Yes. There has to be a balance. A Life-work balance. This week I could feel the balance shifting. All work and no play. And before I even figured it out, I was tearful, tired and tense.
If I’ve learnt anything during this lockdown, it’s that there has to be a balance, a spoonful of serenity mixed in. All work and no play is not the answer. We all need quiet time.
Found this artwork whilst clearing up. I made it ages ago; it’s a Designer Paper that didn’t make the books for some reason. Nice though.
Yupo Paper + Alcohol Ink = Serenity Pool. Stare at it a while. Good for the soul.
Love and Hugs