Inspiration and the Creative Process


The greatest inspiration for my pottery is nature. Specifically, my garden and the photography of Karl Blossfeldt.  But how does this inspiration manifest as a pot?

This is how my creative process often works.  After a morning in the garden, I am bombarded with ideas for new forms or how to improve current forms.  The ideas just come, and then of course I have to get to my wheel to figure out how to make these internal musings come to life in clay.  At more contemplative times, I sit in my favorite chair and browse through my Blossfeldt or other nature books and let the images seep in.  I always keep my sketch book close to record the visions that appear.

The creative process (whether mine or others) fascinates me.  So while I still have a few days before I get back to my wheel, I was wondering: what inspries you?  If you are an artist (or aspiring artist), where do you get your inspiration for creating a new piece? If not an artist, what makes you stop and take a breath or inspires your imagination to run wild? Let me know and maybe we can inspire each other.

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About Claytastic

Health coach. Writer. Teacher. Artist. Living an amazing life with MS. Interested in bringing peace and beauty into people's lives.
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4 Responses to Inspiration and the Creative Process

  1. severnyproductions says:

    i take my inspiration from all aspects of life

  2. Angela says:

    I’m inspired by textures and structures present in both nature and architecture. Nature is wonderous, providing a wealth of simple and fantastical flora and fauna. I also like taking pictures of stone cottages, foot bridges, and sunsets / sunrises, which I keep on my computer to give me a creative boost.

  3. supermemere says:

    i follow you on twitter and LOVE your style..i too am a potter…i just got into it a few years back..so at this point im definitely still in the novice stages of things..but i love looking at your work and trying to see how you accomplished that shape, texture or color…the piece attached to this blog is freeking awesome and i really do love it..
    i love how your pieces look like nature, and yet remain very individualistic to your personal style
    just in case you we wondering what i was thinking!
    thanks for everything! and keep the awesome comming!

    amie

  4. claytastic says:

    Thanks Amie. I love hearing what people think about my work. Keep potting. My novice days are not all that far behind me.

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