Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

If someone had told me that a year after taking my first pottery/ceramics class that I would be creating sculpture, I would have looked at the person like he/she were crazy. It is still a work in progress but I wanted to share with you what I have been working on for the last two months. I think I have convinced my teacher that I don't need three detailed drawings to create. 

There will be a broken heart hanging inside the hole and a white crow on the shoulder. It is two pieces and will be epoxy together once it is all done. There are wings too. They are on the shelf waiting to be fired. They are bird like instead of angel like.) It was created in two pieces (newspaper separating them right now) so it will fit in the kiln. 

The piece is autobiographical. It deals with a lifetime of not being seen or heard by people who claim to love me. It also deals with coming to terms with life and finding flight. It has been an interesting experience and I will be creating another sculpture that deals with loss. 

Why clay? It is just another tactile experience, another creative outlet. I think pottery and quilts have more in common than one would think. There is the kaleidoscope of forms, colors, textures, sizes and function. There is traditional and contemporary. All I know is playing in the mud feeds my artistic soul. 

What feeds your artistic soul?


  1. I can relate to "It deals with a lifetime of not being seen or heard by people who claim to love me." Still dealing with it myself. What feeds my artistic soul? At the moment fiber. I was away from it for many years -- something to do with those people who claim to love me. I'm wandering back to it.... slowly. I do enoy your blog when I have time to read.

    1. Helen, Thanks for sharing and I hope you can finally release the pain of not being seen and heard. Love that you are getting back into fiber. Happy creating. Hugs, Karen

  2. I've tried several times. I like your comment "It deals with a lifetime of not being seen or heard by people who claim to love me" I can relate. What feeds my artistic soul? Fiber at the moment. I've been away from it for a very long time (something to do with those folks who claim to love me) but I'm wandering back. At least getting my feet wet. I do enjoy your blog when I get time to read.


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