Do any other production potters, or just throwers. Have days where you feel like you're making the best work of your career then other days everything comes out half-ass or just crap? I wonder what causes that.
Good Days, Bad Days
Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:15 AM
Oh goodness YES.....just climbing out of a month's slump where 'everything' was crap!!!!......forms, glaze application, experiements....all horrible.....some really horrible....some awaiting further judgement.....
.....but it all looked like crap until late last week (I hope), where I ended up with a kiln load of beautiful pale water blue glazed bowls
.....whenever I lose momentum I simplify back to basics which for me are bowls (my favourite form) and my most reliable water blue glaze.....reminds me I can be a decent potter
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It will stick with you and show up for better or for worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.'
- Robert Henri
Posted 13 July 2014 - 12:44 PM
I go through a manic day about once an year, I hate everything I have made or currently working on. I go through my shop and toss everything and start out with a clean slate. I have learned not to keep any finished piece I like in my shop. Denice
Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:07 PM
Hang in there. I find this is the dark before the dawn of a breakthrough.
Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:21 PM
I did something I have never done before.My paper clay is still drying.
Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:11 PM
Necessity is the mother.....
Did you position this on your own? Such skill I would have bashed it all over the place If I had attempted that!
Got you blow torch out?
Yes some days one should gracefully or with dignity leave your shed/studio and go back to bed, or just sit.
Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:52 PM
This is what I love about ceramics, if I am feeling crap at throwing there are a hundred more things I can work at and hopefully feel good about.
Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:30 PM
Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:13 PM
Oh absolutely. It seems that when the work is still wet, I think it's great, and then when it's completely finished all I can see is where it failed to live up to its potential. I have been feeling that "all my work is pointless crap" feeling for several weeks now, having just finished a delivery of 15 finished pieces to a gallery. I got an email last week from a teapot show informing me that they sold one of my teapots to the Kamm Teapot Foundation, which started 35 years ago as a private collection by Los Angeles collectors Sonny & Gloria Kamm and has grown to over 10,000 teapots, many of which are on loan to msueums. On good days, I think "Yaay! I can't totally suck!" and on bad days I think "Well - 10,000 teapots - what's the big deal? It would be harder NOT to be in the collection!"
Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:54 AM
Well Jayne you make me laugh, I can just hear you, "What's your ambition for 2015? "Jayne replies, " I'm really gonna strive not to get into that collection with 10001 teapots in it'
Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:34 PM
Well, Babs, THAT cracked me up. You certainly know how to put things in perspective!
Posted 14 July 2014 - 11:11 PM
If we always felt we were doing well, good, the best we could do, we would have nothing to strive for.
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