|Years ago when I was
in art school, I was told by my professors that in order to be
a real artist that I would have to give up everything else in
this world to pursue my passion. You know, live in a garret, never
marry or have children, never work a 9-5 job. Well, I didn't want
that kind of lifestyle. I felt that living a full busy life would
be beneficial to my growth as an artist. So I married, worked
(teaching art), and had two children. Through all of life's ups
and downs I continued to work as an artist/potter. Although it
wasn't always easy, my artwork was also my refuge. It enabled
me to see life and yes-even laugh at situations that might otherwise
make you cry.
There are still many trials. Like when a glaze
doesn't work out and ruins a piece that I've been working months
on, or something cracks or falls over in a glaze firing. When
these things happen, I often feel a little sick and need to
take some time away from my studio work. In the end, I find
myself drawn back to my work.
Sometimes, I'm not sure how all of the different
things that I do relate to my artwork, but at some point I know
that I'll see a connection. I love to garden, and often I'll
get ideas for forms from pods that are growing, or I might see
a branch that would work well with a pot that has been formulating
in my mind. Most recently, I've been doing a lot of knitting.
It seemed so unrelated to my work in the studio and I was having
a difficult time justifying the amount of time that I was spending
on knitting. After a while, I started using some knitted pieces
pressed into my clay pots, then I started adding some actual
knit pieces to the pots. One thing led to another and potting
and knitting started to work together.
I'm very thankful for all of the unexpected
but wonderful influences on my work. My husband and children
sometimes provide wonderful insights and comments, as well as
love and support. They have made me understand that the path
that I chose to take was the right one for me, and I hope to
continue to be the type of artist and person who is not afraid
to see where life might lead.