I work in batches of time and project.
If I work at all!
This summer has been marked by how many miles driven from one drop-off or pick-up point of child #1 and child #2. In between the miles, I have 1 – 2 hours to down time when I procrastinate and catch up on the latest binge show. I could say that I am working on new forms in my head as I do various household chores. But I did no work in my head or the chores.
My one accomplishment for myself this summer was taking a workshop at the Sierra Nevada College with Nick Schwartz on breaking rules in pottery. I decided to take this workshop because it was a good excuse to get out of town and hang out in North Lake Tahoe! And also because, I felt a little stuck in the narrow view of where my work was heading—lines and stamps.
With Nick’s encouragement, I found a freedom of letting go of the idea of perfection. Perfection of form and construction. Not imperfection, or lack of good construction. It’s more of a dialog of movement between me and the lump of clay.
As a functional potter, it’s difficult for me to cross that line of where function and sculpture start to blur. This is where my work starts at the middle. Definitely a far departure from the ultra-functionality of the past year’s work.
These are some pieces from the summer, the rest are waiting for the wood fire season to start in November.