Saturday, June 28, 2014
working out the time line
Over the years we have developed our own habits of how we handle clay. I think if you stick with this clay stuff long enough you find out just how far you can push this stuff. You figure out that it is just clay, the best and most reclaimable art form in the early stage you can find.
If you make something and then stop and think about it, you can choose to toss it back with ease. In a matter of minutes, when tossed in a bucket of slip, it will start to reabsorb into the rest of the bucket. Later, you can reclaim and start new.
Once you decide to fire the clay you are committed.
I am watching the students make these decisions daily. I ask them not to toss back the pots they have made too quickly. Live with them for the day or live with them for a week I tell them. You need to see how far you have come after a few hours or a few days.
I love seeing the deciding and the decision making process. You need to find yourself in a place where everything off the wheel is not too precious. Finding your way of separating yourself from the made object gives you time to really look at it.
Don't spend your time thinking, but it took me so long, I worked so hard, my mother loves it, you know the drill. Think about what is is and really evaluate it's worth. Will you be happy that you kept it a week, month, year from now?
I hear all the time, I can save it. From what? I can use it for a test? Why?
Learning any skill takes time and an ability to know you will get better at what you do.
I am enjoying the teaching.
And, I am finding a new way to work out my own demons as Mark and I figure out the working separately thing.
It is an interesting summer full of new challenges.