Waves by Linda Starr
8" x 4" x 2.5"
8" x 4" x 2.5"
I created Waves about two months ago. It's another one of those pieces which spontaneously came to me. It's a rather versatile piece. It can be used as a paper weight, a business card holder, a note holder, or just something pleasant to look at. (Notice I left out bill holder, we don't want to talk about those). This was one of those pieces in the disaster firing, so I'm only showing you the piece as greenware. Guess I'll have to make another one.
I find myself in a state of transition right now, so I've been on a bit of a clay sabbatical. But I have been doing a lot of thinking. You might recall I decided not to go back to my previous classroom studio, but I've decided not to attend the other college either. The fuel cost and the time element are limiting factors right now, but I also find a classroom setting doesn't fit well with my style of working with clay.
This evening I was reviewing the work I did over the past fifteen weeks. I could easily count 45 different forms I made during that time. I'd say ninety-five percent of the ideas were conceived and constructed when I was alone. I find when I am working alone is when I am most creative and productive. I see myself slowly developing a rhythm of working with clay. For now I can divide the rhythm into four categories: the alone/thinking/cogitating time, the working time, the research time, and the networking/collaborating time. Some of the four overlap, like the thinking and working and the collaborating and research, but they are also separate.
I've noticed there are definite peaks and valleys or ebb and flows in my work, much like the waves of the ocean. As the wave goes up I have just thought of a new idea. When the wave reaches the top I have completed the piece. When the wave is rolling down I am reflecting on the piece on how I might change it, perhaps glaze it differently, but I am also anxious to work on a new piece or new idea - anxious to ride the wave up again. There are also the times when I am thinking or reflecting and not working at all, when the waves are flat as they reach into the shore and roll back out again.
I think when the waves are flat that's my recharge time and that's where I am right now. With the hot weather I have many more garden duties so that also limits my time with clay. I found when I write down how I am feeling, it somehow de-clutters my brain and I am free to create in clay again. So look for some waves of clay coming along in the future.