This is why I agree with John Baymore about not using the term; "playing with clay". I never refer to clay as mud. Clay is a mineral. Yes, I feel that I have a monkey on my back. Yes, I feel that when the winters are long and cold and dark, it's tough to get into the studio. I put on my parka and boots to walk 15 feet out my back door to my heated studio. Sometimes the door is frozen shut and I have to get a hair dryer to thaw the lock. But the thought of not being able to spend time in my studio makes me walk back to the house to get the dryer.
Even if I just stand in my space. Even if I just move stuff around. Even if I sand 40 mugs-I'm in there thinking. Even if I look at glaze test tiles.I am now mixing up that Reitz green from the John Britt high fire book.
For me it's not the selling, it's the making. The selling is a hassle, but I do it.
I also teach high school art. I had a conversation with a first year teacher who is teaching one art class in the afternoon to Grade 9's. I had to explain to him that you have to teach the basics. You have to teach the colour wheel and complementary colours before you can expect to get a good painting out of these students. He went to art school for performance art. I don't know how you get through drawing without using a pencil, but there you go! I am now old and set in my ways.
Still loving making art and teaching art.