Ah, the bane of every blogger is when, for some reason or another, you can’t get to your blog. That has been me. As I wrote in a recent post, I had a clay packed 11 days ahead of me. That was 13 days ago. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to write about my activities at the time, but I had no idea how tired I would be to even recap.
This was the first long stretch of activity packed time I have had since my MS diagnosis and thus the first time learning what fatigue really means. By the time I had completed my Torpedo Factory submission Sunday night, my tank was empty and I could barely construct a sentence. I couldn’t even bring the boxes of pots from the home sale in from the porch. A few days later, I am finally feeling part of the real world.
I won’t fill this post with a full recap of my pottery filled fun, but just hit some highlights and delve deeper on some subjects later on.
First, Nick Joerling’s workshop was amazing. I’ll try to get pics of that to share at some point. But more than seeing him making pots, I really enjoyed his thoughts on making and inspiration vs. source. I’m still chewing on that last one and will expect to post about that in the future.
Then I was in Blue Bell, PA for two days with the Artstream crew. Those two days have given me tons of material to work with in my blog. What does it mean to make a living making pots? What does that look like? What does it mean to be successful in our field? Why do we do this if no one really needs a handmade pot? Does one need an MFA to be successful? Are there viable alternatives? How can we be sustainable in our studio practice? And so much more.
Then there was my one day of NCECA. There were no presentations, but I got to visit with the vendors and some old friends and met some of my online friends. I chatted with Mary Barringer about writing. I kept running into Ken Shipley and we caught up on goings on since the Ruthanne workshop and talked about writing, workshops in France, and all sorts of other subjects. I got to catch up with one of my early teachers Dale Marhanka. And I got to meet Susan Sutton from Ceramic Industry Magazine. We chatted about the future of print magazines, why there are so many pottery publications in Ohio and numerous other issues. Check out her Pottery Production Source Book – its a great resource for the practical aspects of being a potter. And she hosts some great and thoughtful blogs.
After all this, I came home and held my first home sale. Not the best weekend for it if I wanted hordes of attendees. Nevertheless, the setting was as magical as the one I had in mind. Our tree was in full bloom and the petals were beginning to fall, gracing the pots and tables. Just magical.
With all this activity complete, I am finally getting ready to get back to studio time. I’ll do some clean up tomorrow and then start throwing again. I have lot’s of sketches I collected from my mind that need to find their way into the real world.