Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday--what a relief!

This weekend started Friday and seemed to last a week. This is how your home life can interfere with your chosen profession. Not in a good way, but in the "Oh, I'm so glad I get to go back to work and stop all this extra activity" kind of way. We have decided to replace our 21 year old carpet upstairs, where the office is. So, cleaning, patching and painting walls, replacing the shelving to handle office supplies more efficiently, picking out samples, doing a plan for new desks and ordering furniture, moving stuff to the bathrooms..........and I attented the Terry Gess workshop that our Carolina Clay Matters Guild held Sunday. I'm pooped and it's only 8:30ish in the morning.
When this chaos is over in a couple of days I will be glad to go back to normal.
On the pottery side, I am mid firing cycles to complete the pottery pendants and the 3/4 portion of the order for 170 sauce bowls. I still need to make and trim more sauce bowls but that thought seems delightful and rather calming right now.
If you would like to read more about the ups and downs, the dark days that can come when you are stuck in the tunnel of pottery production, go to Whitney Smith's blog. I always enjoy the comments of others, but this is a frank look at making work, and not the "oh, it's such a dream job" picture that gets painted a lot. Note: I am not trying to dispell the idea that potters love their work, because they do. I just happen to believe that when you are passionate about something, there will be large failures and great successes. If not, you are probably not taking enough chances.


Linda Starr said...

Oh boy, I am just about in the same boat here; happy to work in clay rather than everything else.

Ron said...

Hey, I stream KEXP Seattle in the studio every day. They were giving their music calendar and mentioned Tides of Man! Cool.