So, before do my end of year roundup on my blog, I thought I would do a quick recap here and list best and worst of 2015 in terms of creativity.
Firstly, 2014 was a crap year for me creatively. Since 2012 I had been dogged a bit with ill health, exhaustion and mild depression. It's very difficult to be creative under those circumtances because the 'black dog' utterly saps any desire or drive to be creative. I am not given to talking it out, because I always feel guitly in the face of so many other peoples' infinitely worse situations.
However, 2015 was better. I didn't produce as much work as I wanted or intended to, but, I did start blogging again, I took time off from Artjunky.net, I discovered Ello and made new friends (though have not spent as much time here lately as I could and should), I spent less time online, much less time on Facebook (and in fact deleted my page altogether and deactivated my account for a time) and spent more time doing real life stuff. The most interesting of which, was starting a ceramics/pottery course part time, which I LOVE. This is the main reason I haven't been online as much. I made friends with a very interesting and diverse group of people, and got my hands dirty.
Though I had done some ceramic work as part of my art foundation course, we only really covered the basics. In the two or more months that I have been doing my pottery course, I have learned about hand building, moulding, slips, oxides, printing etc. I have been blogging my experiences (Ceramic Category)
Interestingly, about a month after my course started a show called The Great Pottery Throwdown started on BBC2. It put together a group of potters and ceramics who had to undertake a selection of tasks and challenges weekly, I posted about it on Artjunky.net. Interestingly, one of the contestants is a friend of mine, and I recalled him telling me some months before he had been invited to participate in a show about pottery, but I had completely forgotten. The show has been a big hit in the UK and generated a huge interest in the UK in ceramics, however...it had nothing to do with my interest, as the show started after my course had begun.
So, excited and inspired have I been by what I have learned on my course that I have been buying pottery materials from a local supplier and building at home, and have made come coil pots in my kitchen. I am currently scheming on ways to be able to afford to rent workspace somewhere to do more pottery.
So, 2015 was a better year, and I aim to be way more artistically productive in 2016. I spent Christmas cleaning and tidying my studio, and have been working hard on finishing all those unfinished and abandoned art projects. More on that soon.
I wish all my Ello friends the very best and hope that you all have a happy, peaceful and compassionate 2016.
This one below I made at home using the techniques I learned at college. When it was leather hard, I cut away the top to create a wavy scolloped edge, then painted with blue slip. I let it dry some more and then using the sgraffito method, scraped the wave pattern below the rim. It's now dry and ready for bisque firing. So, my second coil pot.
Back to college on Tuesday, can't wait.