A paper fell out of my calender this morning that said:
Be more careful.
Stay on one theme.
I was blank for a moment and then – “my New Year’s resolutions!” Back in December, I resurrected the New Year’s Resolution idea for myself as a way to correct my serious flaw of excitement – so many things to try in clay. My focus was everywhere and I didn’t stay with one thing long enough to work out the problems.
At the time I thought I was dealing with 2 different things – not being careful enough and flitting. Now I see one flows into the other. Repetition allows you to correct and improve and shows you at what stage it is particularly important to be careful.
I have stayed with the theme of the heads project (even though I am behind my schedule, and have a couple of other themes going) and I have been trying to be more careful to finish bowls so they look as good on the bottom as on the top.
A small handbuilt bowl with a sprig inside the foot.
I read, in some brilliant blog I think, about always having some small surprise at the bottom. Wish I could remember who to credit for that sage advice. I hear that “voice” whenever I turn a piece over. I am thinking about other ways to leave a “surprise”. Stamps? Drawings? Different sprigs? Words of Wisdom? Stock tips?
Ok, it is getting really late, but as I look over this posting I am noticing that the picture of the bowl with 3 orange circles looks like a bug-eyed face with a furry nose. It’s funny how once you notice something like that you can’t see it any other way. Do you see it?