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In Topic: What kind of symbols/Imagery do you use in your work to create your personal narrative? | Q.O.W. 04/16/2013
Posted 24 Apr 2013Good morning,
I live in upstate NY, on 40 acres, so a lot of natural imagery ends up in my pottery. I carve in pine trees, birds, use leaves for dishes. I do the same with my jewelry - sheep, cows, wolves, bears, hawks, crows, ravens. Anything in the natural world is game!
In Topic: If you could turn back time, what would you do differently in your ceramic art life? | Q.O.W. 1/16/2013
Posted 17 Apr 2013I would have gone to college for ceramics and Metalsmithing, instead of English, and done art for a living. Can't take it back though, but those who,start young are so lucky!
Posted 17 Apr 2013Nancy Lee,
It is very active. and we are always lookning for new mentors and mentees.
How long it takes depends a lot on exactly what you are looking for. You dfill out a detailed questionarre and then the staff looks to find someone who has the skills to fit those needs.
For example if someone as a Mentor matches all of your criteria EXCEPT that you want "in person visits" .... then that will block that match up. The more flexible and more "borad" the restrictions you have for what you weant... the faster the potential match up. So this ia not a question that can be answered all that easily.
The benefits of Potters Councikl go way beyond just this program. Look into it.
Thanks, John. I think I will sign up today. I was going to do so a few months ago, but had some business things I had to straighten out, and this is a good time.
Posted 15 Apr 2013Creative people say NO more than other people .... interesting reading.
It seems we are more aware of how much time we have left, how we should use our time and how easily it can be wasted.
I know I am hyper aware of how quickly it passes and how 'musts' turn into 'should haves' .....
What do you all think of this?
This is so interesting! I have found that since I started pottery and now jewelry making, I say "No" all of the time. Right now, I am dreading a wedding 5 hours away in 2 weeks because I will lose the whole weekend, and I already lose the weekdays because of my full time job. To me, unless it is something inspirational, it is just not interesting to me. I am 51, and getting such a late start already, to spend time on things I wasted time on for years already just doesn't happen anymore. One friend even told me I am not fun anymore! I don't know, I am having lots of fun, just not out partying with them!
Posted 9 Apr 2013I have been dabbling in pottery off and on for many years. Only recently have I begun working with clay in earnest, and it has consumed me. it has become the full time job on top of my real full time job. The difference is that one of these I love, and I'll give you a hint, it isn't the one where I wear a suit.
To me, there are two different milestones of what I would consider success:
The first, and more lofty in my opinion, is being able to make the ends meet without my soulless day job. I'm not asking for much, just the ends meeting. I'll even live on a diet of all $0.12 instant ramen noodles, and I would consider myself successful.
The second, and maybe more realistic marker of success is a little harder to define. I would consider myself a successful potter when I feel as though my soul is nourished by what I do. Whether I ever gain recognition, or have my work in a gallery, or quit my day job, or make a dime, I consider clay work to be a successful endeavor if I feel rewarded doing it.
I often grapple about which of these markers I strive for more, or should strive for. Do I really try to make the ends meet? Or do I find solace in "real life" by just being able to work with clay? It's difficult to decide. But, for what my two newb cents are worth, the above is how I would define success.
I am with you. To be able to make enough to make ends meet, doing this every day - that would be success. I don't envy wealthy people at all, but I do envy those who can do this full time.
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