After a long period of not writing in this blog, I have found my voice again and I am ready to share the creative works in my art studio.
The first art mantra to practice is to never give up on the creative process. Even in a slump, health issues, family chaos or just plain “in a rut” create something or anything. Step out of the slump by writing, drawing, painting, reading a book, going to the museum or walking in the park soaking in nature.
In my case, it was time to throw out the old compositions and begin with a fresh new approach with my artwork. When you are tired creatively, the art work is dull and listless.
Last August (2014), I took a teaching position at a small private art school. This gave me the opportunity to teach ceramics and become the official firing technician of all the student’s art including ceramic work from a nearby private school. I had not worked in ceramics in over 15 years. It was a quick learning curve to understand how far a student could push the limits of the clay, how to repair clay in the drying stages and creating a firing process that would work with most student’s ceramics. To educate myself, I referred to many ceramic books, blogs and tutorials to offer the best information to my students.
I was hooked but had to learn again the basics of clay bodies, under glazing, hand building, glazing and firing techniques. I even placed my painting on the back burner until I found a balance or my artistic voice. At first there was much confusion and I could not let the creative process flow. I wanted it all to turn out perfect after the first try. Perfection can be a deadly killer of the creative process. How to get through the struggle? Keep working. If it cracks, create another piece. If the glaze does not work out, try another glaze. Eventually you will get through all the weeds and see the clean fresh dirt or hidden gems. It will all begin to make sense and guide you to your next body of work.
This Fall Semester I will be offering an evening adult class in sculpting the bust in clay. I am excited to share with others what I have learned.
So, keep creating and embrace the work that turns in another direction. You may be surprised with your unplanned creations.