I have been on studio lock out. Self imposed as I give my body time to heal. While my hands were resting my mind has been busy. So many ideas and things I want to make and revisit...I feel like I'm about to pop!
Well the wait is over. No more sitting around. I'm going in! but first I'll clean.
To help get me in a frame of mind to work- not just for inspiration I like looking at throwing/ making videos on YouTube. So for our clay talk this week I'm going to post an old video of me throwing when my studio was still under construction and I had to use an extension cord from the house to get light electricity in there.
Where do you find inspiration for your creative endeavours? How do your ideas flow from you to the clay or the fabric or canvas?
For me, inspiration can come from anywhere and anything. I find inspiration in my surroundings and especially from my history; my ancestors and my elders
My grandmother was and is still my greatest source of inspiration. For me she was Wonder Woman, Storm and Jean Gray all rolled into one (Please forgive me for crossing Marvel and DC but you get the point) By the time I got up in the morning as a child, she had already fed the chickens and ducks, tended to her plants, prepared breakfast, got her pots on to make her various concoctions, lit the oven for cakes if she had the baking to do for the parlour and was either decorating a cake or making a floral arrangement for someone.
If it was Sunday, then the day would include a trek to the beach (family outing) and she would have us picking up shells to be used in her shell craft. Some of the things I learnt from her: basketry, crochet, embroidery, (I have since lost this art since it was NOT one of my favourite activities) baking... I can go on but then that is just bragging. I enjoyed spending time with her even when she was scolding me- she did that often. Turns out I was quite the handful.
Now as I form the clay into simple pots, the things she did, the lessons taught come back to me and I find myself wanting to incorporate them into the clay.
Share your inspirations. I'd love to know what feeds your creativity and provides your muse.
Here's a beautiful piece for you to add to your collection. I made this in early 2013 when I was into how high can I go pots. It's the first 'tall' thin form I threw. The surface was chattered to create the textured marks and then brushed with black underglaze after bisque firing. This is a mid-range porcelain, back when I was firing in my electric kiln.
You can never go wrong with black and white.
Next week there'll be a "how I make" on Clay Talk and we'll explore further, what inspires and drives the creative spirit. Hope you come in and join me every Sunday evening for this potter's log and please share, tell a friend, subscribe and above all, comment so I know you're there.
Until then, have an inspired week!
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.