I got back to the wheel today to fill an order and I started to think about when I make changes to my work, what motivates those changes, and when it is ok to follow along with what you already do well. I mean really, is change always good? Always necessary?
I tend to listen to the people that buy my work and produce those things they buy. I do listen to their input as well as the input of other potters; but, at some point where does one draw the line. I try to spend time every now and then to just "play" but often I am chasing orders. I'm not complaining about having orders, I certainly don't need to be up to my armpits in pottery, I guess I am just musing about when it is ok to just do what works for you and not always be pushing to keep up with the competition (yes i am competitive so shoot me) and make this shape or that, try this glaze or that one, fire in reduction, fire in oxidation so it looks like reduction, yada yada yada... I guess it is time to set some new goals for my pottery and as is typical for me, I will aim for what makes me happy. That always seems to work.