It is odd that you would mention exuberance coming through our work because at my recent jury experience, my jury said that they would like to see more of my "exuberant, upbeat, bold, personality" in my work (must have been that second shot of espresso). I tend to be very functional in my approach to pottery and I'm comfortable viewing my work that way, so I am having to push myself a bit to think of how I can manipulate the forms and glazes I like to incorporate more of my "me-ness." I'm playing with a few things but I am also not set on change for change's sake. It is a balancing act to be sure. Sometimes work become contrived when an artist strives to receive the accolades of colleagues. That is a pit I will not fall into. However, I do believe challenging one's self to grow and move forward isn't a bad thing. I actually agreed with their assessment and will push to make some positive advancements in my work while maintaining a functional foundation.
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