This is very much a spur of the moment blog post – I’m on a quest for happiness in the studio. I have a feeling if I write this down it may help both myself and perhaps someone else.
My clay table has been a flurry of activity lately as I’ve been creating new pieces using sample veneers for an upcoming tutorial (soon to be released). Okay I’m the first to admit these pieces aren’t works of art. They’re certainly not groundbreaking in their design and they don’t have any “story” or amazing design concept – you get the picture.
They are very simple shapes, the colour combinations are interesting but nothing out of the ordinary, they include recycled components (or second hand if you want to call it that) and they are pieces which, I dare say, could be very easily reproduced by anyone (yes certainly no advanced technical ability here).
Today I went to use up more sample veneers and had a thought…”gosh I can’t just keep making the same thing, where is the challenge in that? won’t people expect more of me? will people continue to like what I’m making if it’s all the same blah blah blah?”.
….and I stopped!!
Why oh why did I have these thoughts going through my head when all I wanted to do was play with some clay and make up some simple pieces? Why do I feel the need to put such high expectations on myself?
Do you have the same thoughts? Do you feel you need to “impress” with your latest creations. Do you feel you won’t be valued as an artist if you create just for the fun of it?
Why can’t we just make what we want to make and be happy?
Now I’m sure there are many of you who are doing just that – making what you want and you’re happy in the process…….but do you sometimes feel you need to keep upping the anti every time?
I’ve decided to put a stop to it all. I’ve decided to listen to myself and start doing what my “insides” are telling me.
I’m going to create pieces with simple shapes because that makes me happy.
I’m going to create pieces with simple, uncomplicated colour choices because I really do love that.
I’m 100% sure I’m going to continue using recycled components in my jewellery. Gosh nothing gives me more joy than searching for those special treasures.
and finally, does it really matter if someone else can easily reproduce or copy what I’ve made? Surely, if I’m happy that’s all that matters.
So in summary, I’ll continue on my little journey of making myself happy in a stress-free studio surrounded by love, peace and serenity!!
Happy creating everyone.