I am back in the studio! And not a moment too soon. My studio withdrawal was coming to a head; I almost forgot the color of the carpet in my room due to the discarded pieces of paper that littered the floor. I was sketching pots constantly, which only served to torcher me further because I could not bring them to life. These sketches were made with heavy handed lines and covered by what would appear to be code words my still sleeping brain had come up with in the wee hours of the morning before my coffee. I mumbled too. Honestly, I would mumble to myself about what I should be doing and how I would be create pieces had I the means to do so.
It was not pretty.
I was becoming restless and, let’s face it, a little snippy. My sympathies (and apologize) to my family, because they had to put up with me.
Now, I don’t want you to think I am completely crazy, so before you shut down the computer I will say that I did a lot of normal things over break too. I went ice skating with my brother and his girlfriend, I made Hobbit inspired gingerbread houses, had some one-on-one time with my mum and dad, built snow-bears, played with my sister’s boyfriend’s adorable 3 year old daughter... Overall, I had a wonderful time with my family. But, the rest periods in between all these wonderful times was awful! That’s when my hands itched to create. But, as I said, I am back where I belong and the crabby mumbling monster is fading away.
So, over the next several weeks, when I’m still stateside, I will be devoting my efforts to finishing commission pieces and to creating work for my show in June. Yep, mugs, bowls, platters, pit fires.... so much to do before heading off to Scotland in February!
First on the list are several sets of mugs and tumblers for some wonderful friends of mine. I am excited to jump back into the Neolithic designs they requested. A new tea set is in the making as well, which will include ceramic utensils! Anyway, here is the product of my first-day-back-in-the-studio labors.