Year of my 40th rotation, a milestone and a passing-gate. In many ways it was no less than any other year, by ways of discovery and handling the unexpected. Making and living through choices. Reflecting and moving through it all, being present. The studio. It is my peaceful place, despite the fact that it is ‘work’. No clay-worker will be surprised to hear my woes of late-night kiln shutoffs, sleeping on workbenches, and occasional misfires. It’s the road we roll.
A good year is one in which I feel my studio wheels turning, the workflow leading out of my door and into the wild world. Feeding the minds and inspirations of students and clients, it’s a pleasure that never finishes. The energy generated by putting art into the world is one that doesn’t stop. I’m not really sure what this year was, but I did some nice work, which is reassuring.
Getting to the real point here, this is my recommendation to anyone else looking back and forward and all around this New Year’s turning: let it turn. Enjoy the show. Watch it, smell it, draw it. Please don’t just Instagram it, that’s getting boring. What happens after the selfie? Which is the life being lived, the one inside of you or the one on a page, somewhere cast adrift on the sea of the world wide web?
Yes, you will find me on Instagram, and Facebook too. It’s no surprise though, that in 3 months of being abroad, my Instagram has netted only 10 posts so far. I’m always intending to share more, but am put off by the devices and their need for connectivity, plus compounded archiving problems… And then there’s the creeping self-doubt. I try not to listen to that one.
My online store has reopened, just in time for end-of-year deals. Random Joes and Facebookers who’ve seen my post have the code for 30% off, but Super-Smart Awesome Readers like you can take 50% off! Yes that’s right, I’m crazy and you’re the winner! Use coupon code “FIFTY” to score yours. (as always, use code AHOY for pick-up orders from the studio. Chicago people, haaay!)