Sometimes I miss my mind

Today I had a good day in the studio without my mind. Sometimes I miss my mind but not today. My morning starts with a ride on my bike. I was itching to get back to the studio and so I peddled the 30K harder and faster. The ride has become like morning coffee. I don't feel up to the studio without the ride. I got back to the studio and forgot to take my mind with me. I had some weird shit I wanted to do. I really don't have a line up of galleries or people crying out for my work so WTF do what ya want. I didn't become a potter to do the same ole stuff day in and day out. I have paid all my bills for the past 40 years with these hands or my ramblings about clay. Everything around me I owe to clay. Thank you clay you have been so good to me. Being weird fights off the low feeling of not doing what I have built as a career. This winter looks like I won't be able to escape the loneliness of the basement studio and head off to see friends in the Deep South or maybe Italy or Portugal. So this year I'm centering on good health and some soul searching. Yesterday was an anniversary. It has been 6 years since I bought the Cactus Lounge and established my home. It has been a home and not a house. Everyone is welcome here! So yesterday inspired today's celebration of loosing my mind. It was wonderful! Today I thought about Chad Brown in NC. I laughed my ass off one day at Kagel's Hamburger Joint listening to Chad talk about city boys. What country boy would put on tight pants and run down the road after a hard days work? What country boy would run thru a mud puddle? A country boy would run around the dang mud puddle. Today I had on my tight merino wool tights, my padded shorts( that feel like you're wearing a diaper), a merino wool t and biker shirt, the shoes that clip into your pedals, a helmet and a light flashing on the back of my ride. Chad would be embarassed of me. I would have never thought I'd be doing this. Life changes. Here is some of the things I did when my mind left me. I did a couple of jugs just to come back to earth.

Comments

Anonymous said…
What no diaper pics?
gz said…
Good for you for finding the bike..and doing it safely.
Putting me to shame, getting out daily!
Good work done like that, with your mind apparently on autopilot can end up mindful not mindless.. bringing out what is within.
Whatever, it is good work x
claylady said…
Love the oval pieces Tony. Also love it when my mind goes, I look up and there is new work on my bench. Such fun!
Anonymous said…
them "blackish boats" and them tall skinny things you call "vases" are outstanding! interesting! elegant! and full of art!

You just tell "Brain" they's elegant jugs in disguise.

which reminds me of what my grandpa said about names: "don't care what you call me, as long as you call me to dinner".

keep at it kid!
Anonymous said…
She is making you think outside your box, don’t overthink things.
Anonymous said…
When the borders open up will you be teaching anywhere in the US again? Thanks Lori
Tony Clennell said…
Lori: I surely hope to be back in my beloved US teaching. The sooner the better. I have so many friends south of 49 it pains me not being able to go south in January. Best, T
Anonymous said…
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Anonymous said…
STOP THE COUNT!
Kaycee said…
love the blog, start a podcast!
Anonymous said…
Boycott Whole Foods!

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he'll make it illegal for businesses in the province to prohibit employees from wearing poppies after grocery store chain Whole Foods said it has no plans to reverse the policy, even as Remembrance Day approaches.

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Anonymous said…
TRUMP 2024
I'll be back!

The return of Trump in "A Nightmare at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
Anonymous said…
The reason why Canadians get offended at the idea of poppies being shunned or rejected (or usurped) is that we as a country care very deeply about this symbol and what it represents.
Anonymous said…
Will he leave the office peaceably? Arrogance and holier than thou...... not a good trait in anyone. Bye bye trump and all the other arrogant arsehols
Anonymous said…
Karma can be a bitch!
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