The main resolution of which I speak involves this blog. I've for a long time been intending to write more on the blog. More about the everyday of my studio practice and "musings" about clay that float through my mind in the studio. Don't worry, I won't overload you, and hopefully won't bore you, and I won't stop posting calls for entry. I've just always intended for this blog to more than a bulletin board of information, I guess I intended for it to be a bit more personable than virtual push pins and paper postings. And I now have more incentive than ever to make this change as I've been invited to participate in an upcoming exhibition about potters who blog (so exciting!!!), and if I'm going to play with the big kids, I've got to step up my game. Below i'll post links to the blogs of the other participating artists so you can see what I mean. It'll be a bit intimidating to show with so many great potters and writers.
Another reason why this is so intimidating is that my functional pottery practice is taking a major turn this year. It began part way through last year and I'm still working on trying to sort out exactly where I'm heading. I may have mentioned before, maybe not, that I haven't been able to throw for over a year now and so I need to develop a new line of work that incorporates handbuilding, pressmolding and slipcasting. It's been a challenge for sure to walk away from a body of work that I love, and in particular the refinement and forms I find I can achieve on the wheel seems elusive to my new work. So be it. Change is good. But the thought of a looming exhibition with great potters and me without my A game, well frankly it freaks me out. So i'm hoping to, over the course of the next few months talk a bit about the process i'm going through in developing this new work and going back to the beginning and starting from scratch. So often our new work is simply an evolution or at least a diversion from that which we already make, but to leap completely out of our process, well...it's an adventure. Anyway, the deadline of this show and the pressure to measure up are going to be helpful to say the least.
So keep your eyes peeled for more info about the upcoming show here and on the many blogs of the participating artists. Should be pretty exciting as things evolve.
Clay and Blogs:Telling a Story
Arts Council of Moore County, Campbell House
Opening reception-October 1st 2010
6 to 8pm
exhibition runs until Oct.29,2010
Meredith Heywood is our most wonderful organizer and the brains and creative mind behind this endeavor. Check out her blog:
The following is (i believe) a complete list of the participating artists. If there are more I will update. If there are any problems with the links please let me know, as I've been working on this post while also bowing to my toddlers demands to color "tv car" at the same time. Needless to say there is marker on my laptop right now.