This summer I took an 8-week hand-building ceramic class at Pewabic Pottery, and while I knew I would enjoy it, I didn’t anticipate what a big deal it would become to me. Even though it happened during some of the busiest weeks of this year, it was almost better that way, because I could empty my mind, leave everything behind and squish on clay for 3 hours a week. As a person with high expectations of herself to be “good at things,” it was a big relief to go into something and not feel pressure to be good at it or to make things that other people will like enough to want to buy. It was purely play and the results didn’t really matter.
I am happy though with the results, and it has sparked new ideas for projects. Earlier this month I conducted an artist’s demo at the DIA and based the demo on how projects and processes influence each other, starting with the ceramic pieces, which I then made some drawings of; from the drawings I then made a screen printable image, and visitors (with my help) screen printed that image in Prentis Court of the DIA.
I made a zine to accompany and describe this process (you can print your own copy of the zine) and had copies to give away at the demo. So the artist’s demo incorporated a lot of my interests and mediums, like drawing, screen printing, zines, making stuff, and teaching & sharing in artmaking. Which I like, because while a lot of what I do is screen printing-based, I do a lot of other things, too.
Visitors to the artist’s demo were encouraged to add their own drawings to the print, and most did, including this one, given to me by a mother and her two daughters (and now hangs in my studio):