Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hush now and just do it

When I am glazing for the electric kiln I have to remind myself that there is nothing quick about what we do.
If we want to get the results we are after we have to put some time in.
I keep thinking about a different way to do these layers of glaze but then i keep coming back to the buts..
But- if I do that then I don't get the background color I want
But I don't want to do just slips and a clear glaze.
But I don't want to do multiple firings.
But if you would be quiet we could just get this done.
BUT, BUT, But......
I first started playing with glazes and wax when we were just starting.
I was using thrown vases back then rather than tiles and pillow vases and hand built vases.
And I was trying to wax with hot wax... oh, now talk about making yourself crazy.....
The designs were much tighter and some worked and some did not.
I would put tons of work in them to have people ask- will you take 20 bucks for it....
No, no,no.....
I finally set that part of my brain away and just made pots.
After the studio fire of 2008, 3 years this week, but that's another story.
My mind wandered back to things I wanted to do but never took the time to do.
So I keep telling myself this is something you want to do.
So get with it and when it is done you will be happy for the time being until that part of your brain says, Yea, but what if we do....

I am picking berries like a crazed women.
So I am out early to get some more.
Then I am freezing to make jams and jellieswhen I have time.
Time- just rolls off the tongue...time....what's that!?
Cheers!
M

7 comments:

Linda Starr said...

when I'm working on a piece I really get into it, but when I'm not I'm always thinking the same buts... they're looking great , three years, time goes by too fast

Michèle Hastings said...

it has taken me a long time to learn to slow down and not hurry or try to find shortcuts in claywork...
i really like those pillow forms and those berries...YUM!

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Ditto what Michele said! I recently had a day making pitchers, which are difficult for me- kept the music off, turned of the incessant negative voice in my mind and had a wonderful session throwing! Go figure...
Learning to shut up that brain chatter and get in the "flow"- SO difficult!
:)

cookingwithgas said...

I bet there are drugs for that little voice..... I should look into that.
Now it is loaded and nothing left but the crying!

Linda Starr said...

Oh I missed those blackberries, you have those too, you lucky person you. I love blackberries.

Judy Shreve said...

I just love your tile work! There is no hurrying clay -- too bad we don't get 'paid' for all our labor ;-(

This has been some three years for you -- you are certainly a strong woman - who inspires me constantly!

Those blackberries are calling me -- ooooh a blackberry cobbler . . . .

cookingwithgas said...

if I have learned nothing in the past 3 years I have learned that life happens to us all and for some reason it is harder to watch than live- if that makes sense..
life is for the living and must go on no matter the pitfalls other wise I would sit in front of the computer or TV with gallons of Ice cream...waiting- better to keep moving...