Funny thing about starting over, your all gun ho about getting back to doing what you love to do. You make plans (I’ll make this mug and design this bowl this way, this glaze will be perfect for that platter) You go down to your “studio” aka the basement and realize there is 3 years of stuff in what used to be your pottery space. Ugh!
Yep, totally what happened to me. It’s not that I didn’t notice the clutter before. But I wasn’t using it as a pottery space, it was a storage space. Kids moved out and left stuff, kids came back with more stuff, kids left again. You guessed it, they left more stuff. Then there is my stuff books, magazines, future pottery molds, objects with great texture for future pottery stuff. It was not pretty! There will be no pictures people. Until it is to my liking, check back in about 10 years. No just kidding.
The problem with cleaning up and organizing, especially if your are a creative person, is that you see potential in almost everything. That is part of my problem. I need to be strong and throw stuff out. I can do that. I can. Really.
So this is my goal for the week. To get my studio back in order. I’m actually glad the weather is crappy. Snow in April when it didn’t snow all winter is nuts. But if it was nice outside I would be in the garden.
So Misty (one of my cats, actually my daughters cat) and I will be heading down to the studio. I’ll be organizing she will be mousing. Because like it or not living in the country means mice, even in the basement, I mean studio.
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pierce
Eight years ago my best friend Linda and I decided to take a pottery class. Not just a paint your own ready-made piece of pottery (nothing wrong there but we wanted just a little bit more). We wanted a mud-slinging, wheel throwing, slab rolling experience. We enrolled in a summer program at Wooster School in Danbury, CT. We had an awesome teacher, Katie who taught us how to throw on the wheel and then how to slab roll and how to decorate and glaze our clay. We fell in love….with pottery not Katie. (like I said she was awesome but this isn’t that kind of story). We wound up taking 3 courses all together so we could learn as much as we could. In the end we decided this was for us, we bought whatever we needed to get started making pottery. I got a potter’s wheel and slab roller (nothing too large) and a small kiln. Linda likes working with slabs so she got herself a slab roller also. We took a road trip up to Sheffield Pottery in Sheffield, MA. Decided we wanted to work in earthenware clay got our supplies and started to create pottery and we were off. Our styles are different so we had a nice variety of pieces. We did some craft shows, opened an Etsy shop (www.doublemuse.etsy.com) and sold a decent amount of pottery. (Linda also crochets so she makes beautiful crocheted pieces and I make jewelry, all of which we also sell in our shop) But making pottery is our favorite thing to do.
Unfortunately life sometimes gets in the way, after all we still had our day jobs, our family’s. Linda has a husband, 3 kids, 3 dogs, 2 or 3 cats and a pet rat at one point. I have a husband, 3 kids, 2 grand kids, down to 1 dog and 2 cats. So when are we making pottery? We took a break and 3 years later and it’s time to get going again. If not now, when? (imagine me doing a happy dance here)
So this is where The Journey Begins….again
The name of our business is DoubleMuse. Two friends, two creative spirits guiding each other along this creative journey of ours. We invite you to tag along. Learn about us, our families, learn as we learn, play as we play and create along with us.