Today is October 15th and the deadline has arrived for my pottery subscription box to be shipped out! The past four shipments have gone out late and sometimes really late. In one of my previous blog posts, I said that I wanted to ensure the boxes went out on time. Well this creative will have soooooo many packed boxes going to the post office box on Monday October 19th. I am sorry, but excited with what has been going on the past few weeks that my pottery will be going around the country come Monday.
Just over two weeks ago, during my studio time, I was struggling with my expectations for this upcoming pottery box. I was throwing with a particular shape in mind and honestly the clay was not wanting to cooperate. Don't get me wrong, I was throwing some beautiful pieces, but not what I was planning on sending out to all my customers. I was covered in clay, beautiful pieces spread out throughout the studio, but I WAS disappointed, and stressed! October 15th is fast approaching!
I poured myself a very large cup of tea and called a great creative friend looking for inspiration, some guidance and some grounding! That conversation, that cup of tea, and that reflection was exactly what this CREATIVE needed. I reset myself and decided that I needed to take a different angle for the pieces for the October boxes. Whatever seemed to be blocking me, seemed to disappear and my creative energy was ready to go. Honestly, sometimes I think it is so important for us all to have that person that you call up and they will listen, suggest, listen, and the most important ground you.
My soul has been creating solid for ten days and I want you all to know that I have been living, breathing the noun "meraki". It means to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work. This creative stint in my studio has allowed me to put something of myself into my work. I hope when people hold my pottery, that my love of the artform can be felt. That you can see my finger prints within the shape and that you feel the passion I have for my pottery creations.
During the time on my wheel, I have been reflecting on soooooo many things. So much time to think and the past 7 months has been some incredible growing opportunities. I spent the shut down in my studio to provide some "normalcy" even in such an unnormal time. School started up and my girls and myself went back to school. So another transition, and it took a month and a half to get the studio time and school time back into their own little "packages of time". So fingers crossed that no significant changes happen for at least a month or two.
I hope everyone knows what they are passionate about or are in the process of finding their passion. There will be hiccups through the process, but knowing how to work through those hiccups allows your passion to increase and come out stronger. Well at least that is how I feel today in regards to my passion of pottery!
Do you see my finger marks? Love those "marks"!