When your creative well dries up!
I've been talking with a lot of my creative clay folks and they are struggling. Covid knocked the hell out of us. There is something wrong in The Universe when Tony Clennell posts more pictures of flowers than my long time pal Judi Dyelle who took every pleasure in showing off her flowers even in January. So what do you do when your creative well dries up????? I guess the obvious is to take a break. Hmmm. That one scares me. I'm relatively new into this exercise deal and I think if I gave it a rest for an extended period of time I'd probably say "f#@k it" and just get lazy. There was a period in my career where I would have been completely content just making jugs. I haven't made jugs for some time now. So I broke the rules and poured myself a tequila with lime and ice at 2:30Pm sat in my yellow chair and stared at my jug collection. After a 20 minute meditation and a go get em champ pep talk I headed down to the studio to make what else???? Jugs! I think the very best potters I know have extensive pot collections and bulging libraries. I used to look at the books a lot but now it's more the pots themselves. My student protege, now friend and peer Mr. K (Andrew Kellner) is an awesome jug maker. He probably makes my favourite jugs. The jugs display the man. Confident, strong, casual, direct and an edge. There is a soft side that we that love him know too well.