I have been touching clay for a little over 8 years. From our “first date” to this moment, I have never, for one moment, lost my passion for this medium. Self doubt? Sure. Uncertainty and frustration? Of course. But the love for clay has always picked me up, dusted me off and kept me creating.
Until this workshop, I have only used one type of earthenware clay. It has let me explore the boundaries of the material and I have always enjoyed what she has allowed me to accomplish. The clay body that I am working with at Ghost Ranch is called Micaceous clay. It is softer than what I am used to and it has taken a few days to adjust my touch to her wishes. Tonight I walked away from the studio feeling like I am finding a sweet spot. Like we have danced and I was in step with fluidity and form of the movement. I am not leading this dance – not in any way shape or form………and I am entranced.
I can’t wait to see where this takes me. I have five more days in the studio to build my work before I have to stop, needing enough time to have all of the pieces dry before firing. There will be sanding, application of slip, polishing, bisque firing and pit firing yet to come. I feel like I’m in the middle of a creative storm that is sweeping me along – holding my hand – and whispering to me – “just wait……..it gets better”.
Be still my heart ❤️