Last year really proved that time is relevant. Why did it feel slow waiting for things to change yet at the same time flew by? I decided the year just lacked depth of experience for me. I haven’t been working in clay long so having the art institute where I took classes closed I felt a loss of focus. Yet some time off from work freed time to develop my skills. It pushed me to work on a home studio and I saw improvement.
To get back on track this year, I’ve decided to take the Pottery Making Illustrated magazines from 2020 in order, choose a project from each and delve in. I want to challenge my skill set (easily done at this point), try something new I am drawn to , and add my own flavor. Also, to take a piece of last year back.
The first from the Jan/Feb issue that inspired me was exploring the Tulipiere by Andrea Denniston. I don’t know where I’ve been but I was not familiar with tulip vases. I like tulips and even grow them but I’m more drawn to wildflowers so I wanted to change the openings to accommodate them. It definitely was a challenge for me to not only get a good shape but to join the base and neck. Took three tries. I also used Laguna B-Mix 5 and decided the color based on my daughter’s upcoming wedding colors. I used three coats inside and out of Amaco celadon glacier and then two coats off toasted sage on top.
If I don’t compare, I don’t hate it and can see that the practice has paid off. Perusing the March/April issue now. So looking forward to Spring it just be again flower related.