After a year long wait for my new studio to be completed, I am back in the clay and enjoying every moment. One of the things that I realized during this period is the importance of making time for our creativity and focusing on the things that bring the most joy in life. It is also important to get out of the studio and see art from another perspective. I volunteered to be a Jury Chairman and got to see how our art is evaluated and what jurors are looking for in the way of photographs of our work. I have also volunteered to set up and curate a show.
Jack London said..." You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club."
I used to think that I needed a huge block of time to get messy with clay. Now, I go to the studio several spurts at a time. I usually throw first thing in the morning ( before getting a shower ) , then go do something fun like spending time with my horses. Around lunch time, I return to the studio and begin assembling, carving, trimming the pieces I threw that morning. I then leave again to spend time with my family and friends. After dinner, I return to the studio yet again, to mix glazes, paint underglazes, cover pots, etc. When I glaze, I take several hours and use one color palette for each firing. ( I have a warm color palette, and a cool color palette and rotate between each firing.)
As you beg, borrow, snatch, and make time for your creativity, you will lead a more productive and inspirational life.