As a ceramist, I have much to learn about form, function and surface. Every once in a while, I think there is just too much to learn. Why spend all the time and resources to pursue something, when someone can run to target and buy a knock off replica or plastic plate?
I have been spending a fair amount of time researching and discovering new artists. This week I was impressed with Catherine Wirth. There is such a depth and breath of her work, which one can only build over time. I love her process, and her sketches which become part of the body itself. She mixes media (clay, paper, charcoal, paint), and combines them to finish her works. When I think about what I want to make I think of a consistent niche like this, that I am sure will build over time as well.
Admist several set backs last week, I am encouraged by my friend April’s post on creativity creed by Don Perini. It was just what I needed to see as I realized I have become so much of that list in the last few years without even knowing it. I am not creating for Target, I am creating from the passion within, the desire to make meaningful and personal pieces that tie my love for clay, function, and faith.
So my big jump this week:
I checked out a used kiln to purchase, made an offer on it, now I just have to figure how to get it here and get the electric to hook it up.
* part of Catherine’s sketchbook exhibit found here.