The last two weeks of April were intense, trying to tie things down at work and then diving into the Clay Tour activities.  We've got our third year under our belts now and will meet soon to debrief and regroup. THANK YOU to everyone who shared a post, liked a post, showed up, came to look, or bought a piece.  Thanks for supporting your local artists!

For me, since I kind of work in a vacuum where my pottery is concerned (and like it that way - to an extent) it's always very nourishing to spend time with other potters I like and whose work I respect.  This year I took advantage of Amy Smith's expertise during a quiet spell while we were setting up to have a little discussion with her about my work.  It's always good to have another set of eyes, especially ones that are familiar with clay, and I'm feeling rejuvenated, looking forward to trying out some new things in my studio as a result of that conversation.  

Of course, the best rejuvenation is a week in the Sandhills, and were it not for the fresh air, exercise and rest of that last five days, I think I would still be hiding under the covers refusing to leave the house.  Going there brings me back to myself. Another cycle.

Respite - sitting on the bank listening to Plum Creek while Bryan hunts rocks.

But with that rest, I'm back at the beginning of the circle. So I'll work on those things I didn't have energy for last week:  laundry, budget, dishes, studio cleanup, etc. and do my best to remember to take time to sit outside, plant more flowers, and talk to my dear ones as I get ready to dive back in to the creative process.

But isn't ALL of life a creative process?  

Taking It On the Road

At the request of an old friend, I took the show on the road last weekend.  I initially saw it as a great opportunity for me to do nothing but a) coil build pots, and b) work in red clay - two things that I love that have been scarce in the past couple years as I worked on large public art projects (many small flat pieces) in white clay.

I love those big projects, too, in their own way -  the "zing" of nailing the idea for the design, the complexity, the planning required, and finally, finally, the big reveal.  They have their own lessons to teach about being present and process-oriented, and the difference between laying out a plan for the work and thinking too far ahead.  (Hint:  One gives you a road map.  The other gives you high anxiety.)

I'm not a church-oriented person.  I'm a broad-based seeker of those things that resonate with my soul.  But my show-on-the-road turned out to be an 800-attendee annual gathering of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Much to my surprise, instead of being in a back corner of the room, I was (very) up front, and even occasionally on camera.  

My view from behind the table.

My view from behind the table.

And it was great!  I was so grateful to have that opportunity to concentrate on nothing but the pots that I was able to be fully present, for the work, and for all of the lovely, kind people who came to talk to me, to ask questions, to share their experiences with clay.  

I was also fortunate in this sea of humanity to have access to two good long-time friends, both of them thoughtful, intelligent, insightful gentlemen with humor and perspective.  So when I did feel a little overwhelmed by it all, they were there with a quick quip or good conversation to shift things back into place.

In the end, I went home exhausted and pleased, and with two good-sized pieces that caused me to, when I finally unwrapped them in my studio, wonder how the heck I'd managed to crank those out.  

The two pieces almost completed during the conference.  The participants were also given mini-tubs of Pla-Dough.  The little orange pot is courtesy of my friend Will.  

The two pieces almost completed during the conference.  The participants were also given mini-tubs of Pla-Dough.  The little orange pot is courtesy of my friend Will.  

As part of the conference, one of the pieces I'd made was raffled off, pending its completion and a woman who lives fewer than 15 miles away from me was the lucky winner.  So it's back into the studio today, happily, to fine-tune these and complete the other two smaller pieces.

Thanks again for the invitation, Mitch.  It was well worth the time and effort.


LINCOLN CLAY TOUR DAY 3 - Pieces available for "remote purchase"

I'm calling it "remote purchase" because, in all the other preparations, I did not get my gateway set up.  However, you can easily purchase any of the work pictured below or on the "Latest" tab, above and to your right.  Simply call or text 402-309-4630, PM me on Facebook, or e-mail  from 10AM - 4PM today and I will be happy to assist!  More pieces show up in the LATEST tab, so feel free to browse.