Nightmare: Where did my creativity go?

I’ve been busy in my pottery studio.  Trying to decide what to make that people would love to buy for themselves or give as gifts.  After all I would like to make a little income on my work.  Working on wedding plates,  trinket dishes as wedding favors (mainly because I have 2 daughters getting married. Yikes!).  Also the holidays will be here before you know it.  So Holiday themed plates, bowls, maybe cups.  Maybe not cups, I have not exactly mastered cup making yet.wp-1467845408658.jpg

I don’t have too much of a problem making and decorating the pottery.  My nightmare is deciding on what to glaze the pots.   It’s as if my creativity got all used up in designing and making the plates, bowls, etc that after I bisque fire them and it’s time to glaze my creative muses have bailed on me.  I stare and my lovely bisque ware and it’s as if they are saying to me “what’s next?” and I don’t always have an answer.  Don’t get me wrong sometimes I do have a clear plan and pottery does get glazed.  But there are those pieces that I just freeze.  Like the wedding plates. Wedding colors?  Colors that go with the home decor? Colors that I think are just nice? I don’t know.  Will I ever get this right? Will people like it?  Will my daughters like it? That’s the nightmare.  Having a studio full of unglazed pottery and I can’t commit to a glaze color or colors and I just freeze. I blame that fact that I’m a Pisces.  Two fish going in opposite directions.  I almost never make a decision easily.  Always seeing different sides of the same picture. If you could hear what goes on inside my head sometimes you’d be amazed.

I spend a good amount of time watching and learning from the wonderful potters that share their skills and advise on periscope. #pottersofperiscope.  They all seem to have it all together.  Create the pot, glaze it in the most perfect way, sell the pot.  Will I ever be that confident.  I’m sure gonna try.  But I’m not there yet. There’s the nightmare again.  The good thing about nightmares is that you wake up.  Look around and realize everything is OK.  Pots may still need to be glazed but I just need to pick up the glaze brush and make that first stroke and hope for the best.  Who knows, it may turn out like a dream.  Just do it.  That’s what I will tell myself.  Just do it.

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  1. I love this post. Congratulations on your two daughters’ marriages. I’m sure you’ll find your creativity, but maybe this quote from an essay by Charles D’Ambrosio will give your mind a creative jolt. “The mining of clay is often referred to as ‘winning,’ a curious kind of victory, considering the clay used in brickmaking comes from the Carboniferous period, a subcategory of the Paleozoic, some 340 million years ago. It was during the Carboniferous that amniote eggs allowed ancestral birds and reptiles to reproduce on land; flight was first achieved, too, as insects evolved wings.” (Not sure what specific type of clay you use, but perhaps all clay is family.)

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you liked my post. I work in earthenware clay but yes all clay is family. And like all family members each one is a little different. They all have their special quirks and issues but when handled right you end up with a beautiful piece of pottery be it functional or decorative. Even with my creative frustration I love what I do.

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