I had a great conversation this morning with Adrienne Dellinger (you should check out her work, and take any chance to talk to her about her new focus in clay, I find it so interesting, the way she is making it, the connection and history.).
As background, the other day I received within days of each other my Ceramics Monthly and then Ceramics Times magazines. After flipping through them and viewing all the work, I felt so overwhelmed by the work out there, and by all there is do- apply for....there are just some incredible artists and ceramics, and in my infant stages of exploring clay, I feel intimidated and wonder what am I even thinking, when there are all these awesome expressions in clay out there!!! I just want to give the whole thing up!
And that is when I decided to stop my subscriptions to both. It is just too much information and I do not like having thoughts that my work doesn't "live up" to that work in the magazines. And it is SO much information to process and I don't want to. I don't like feeling it. I feel like I just have to block it out and just explore and do what I am doing.
When I told this to Adrienne, she completely understood...and said just follow what you love in clay, do it, explore it and you will be successful.
How many times have I heard this? Have you? It feels cliche but that is why, it is TRUE.
Then I started thinking about how clay itself teaches me about patience and focus. Clay will not go faster than it will go...it is hard to push it (anything is possible) but it doesn't like it. I have to be in its rhythm-not distracted by what the world is doing- at least I like it best when I am. My pieces feel right.
Has anyone else cancelled their subscriptions?
8 hours ago