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Lolling at Caffè Divano

Today, Gary, Nan, Otto and I will be lolling around at Caffè Divano in Port Moody. I’m sure part of our conversation will be about clay! A nice way to spend a summer afternoon… I wish you could join us!

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Canada Day at the Open Studio

Mark and I decided to stroll on over to the arts centre on Canada Day, July 1st. Gary had said some new horses had just come out of the kiln and I wanted to see them. As it turned out, it was a perfect visit with a small working group made up of Gary, Otto, Sylvia and Judy. That must have been nice for them, as Sundays are usually a bit of a madhouse! We got to see their new projects, current and finished. It was great dropping by and visiting with them and made Canada Day special. Take a look at the slide show to see what we were all up to that day. Click through to the Flickr site if you’d like to see cutlines or a larger sized slide show. Not sure why they don’t show up on the blog version (#$%@&!!).

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Open Studio Update

Kneden van kleiWe were all quite busy during Open Studio today, all making headway on our various projects. The slide show below features the work of Nan, Joan, Taryn, Gary, Pauline and myself. I am happy to say that I have finally learned Flickr well enough to present photos with good resolution for this particular slide show. (Click any photo to be taken to the blog’s Flickr site, as the subtitles are visible there. These photos are larger size on that site, showing more detail. You can also work with the slide show’s toolbar here by hovering over the top or bottom with your cursor.)

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Open Studio Update

Well, I’ve gone and done it… made myself sick over the pressure of wanting to get things done. Just a virus, but I’m very aware that it was brought on by having an unrealistic to-do list. So, for the last two days, I’ve backed off completely. Every once in a while I come back to this theme and it’s because I need to be reminded that I’m not Superwoman. Sometimes the desire to succeed, to create, to perform becomes a heckuva pressure, though. When I get caught up in it, I start moving fast and try to accomplish too much. Instead of positive motivation, I am fueled by fear, which becomes stress. Once the dust settles, I always comes back to this: “Why am I working in clay?”. After a fashion, when my answers start surfacing, they are always balm for the soul. I’ve never let myself down because it’s the true heart of the matter: “For the joy of creating.”  “To explore my creativity.” “To see where it leads.” When I consider my true, deep down intentions, then compare them to  the nattering self-talk that makes me so frazzled,White-duvet I realize I have to go back to the drawing board over expectations. When I do, I always end up acknowledging they are a trap that leads to no good. So, here I sit in my bathrobe. Yesterday, I treated myself to cartoons on television, many of which I hadn’t seen for years, and it was good medicine. Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety, the Flintstones, the Jetsons. Cushioned by pillows and blankets on the couch, I just dozed between cartoons.

When I consider what I actually have accomplished lately, I blink my eyes, wondering how I could ever think it was not enough. Here’s a rundown of what I did since last week.

  •  Made a plaster mold for some new relief work
  •  Underglazed and glazed about 36 pendants
  •  Waxed and glazed a new batch of Northern Lights tiles
  •  Retrieved newly bisqued escutcheon tiles,
  •  along with a stack of tiles from my new series

What I had planned on doing yesterday will be put off until next week because I’m going to take short break while I finish a few other things. Tomorrow, I will go to the studio to pick up about 50-60 glazed pendants, along with the aurora tiles. On Tuesday, if I feel restored, I will make several tests of my new tile series, using celadon and other glazes and glass. I will also start a new batch of 6 x 6 tiles that will be part of my new series. I’ll also check the drying stage of a batch of Sunrise tiles and new relief stamps, a dragonfly and two ginkgo leaves. And do so only if I am filled with the sheer joy of creativity, unfettered by expectations. I could have disregarded my health and well-being and gone in yesterday to work on all these things. But for what purpose? I’m not competing with anyone. So, it’s good medicine and self-love time. As I take a break and relax, my fears abate and as this happens, I start becoming well once again.

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