Greta MIchelle Joachim: Fine Artist and Potter
Pieces of My World II
You know those chances you get to do something or get something that you never had before or that you have wanted for a really long time but thought would never happen? Yes those. Well, they are called opportunity and you are supposed to use them- grab them actually. They don't show themselves often and sometimes they are disguised as inconveniences or something entirely new but when we take the time; when we make that first step, the possibilities can be endless. We just need to take that first step.
I have learnt this the hard way. Many times I have looked back (not always the best thing to do) and thought "if only I had..." and what stopped me? Fear of the unknown? fear of failure? Yes. fear can be a powerful deterrent to doing. I have been putting in my content planning going live since January and I have chickened out every single time. But what if that is an opportunity I'm missing out because I'm afraid of facing strangers or making mistakes in front of them? I won't know because I'm not doing it. The irony is I take chances in the kitchen. There I'm fearless. Made soursop cheesecake from scratch no recipe. In the studio I love to do "I wonder what would happen if..." but to do a live I'm hiding behind the kiln.
This week is "Grab 'Em" (Please be judicious. No grabbing people) We are going to look for those opportunities to learn a new technique, meet new people, pitch an idea to your boss, or yes, go live. Let's not give fear the win this week.
I was asked after a post on Facebook and also while I do markets about the objects on the surface of my pots. I use sprigs a lot in my work, which are low-relief additions to the surface of pottery. Today I'll take you through a video tutorial on the what and how of sprigs. I hope it gives you inspiration to try making some for yourself and please comment if this video is helpful to you or if you have any question about what I do. Thanks for watching.
I came across this quote today from Jane Powell, an author and web designer it said:
"I am open and willing to learn from my surroundings"
I thought it very appropriate to my thoughts that I shared with you so I offer it as our inspiration for this week; to be open to our surroundings- from nature as well as from nurture and that we are never afraid to learn from them. I learn from my studio time everyday. I have learnt humility: that what I do is not about me cause every time I get ahead of myself the clay shuts me down and sends me back to my corner and I have learnt that beauty can be found in the most mundane of things if we take the time to look. So take the time this week to stop, look and learn. Stay creative and stay muddy!
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Hi I am an artist and potter here in Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean. This is my blog and I hope you come along with me as I share pieces of my pottery world with you.