– Searching for True Love in Clay –
First, I had to break free from my self-imposed prison. Like you, I live in a world filled with distractions. As we sleep, the world is dreaming up new and beautiful opportunities to place before us. And while each new choice is enticing, if we are not careful we find only the kiss from a stranger and not the full love we desire. And if the natural world was not challenging enough, big companies have learned to harvest our desire for something new and offer us sweet cravings in exchange for just a moment of our time again and again and again. Before you know it, we become trapped in a prison of habits and good intentions. I am amazed that any of us break free to realize our true potential.
I cannot count the number of times I found myself sitting on a couch, watching one more mindless show, wondering why I did not feel satisfied. In the end, I finally reached my breaking point. The pain of not living a creative life became overwhelming, breaking through the static to give me the power to get my ass off the couch. Over time, it became clear that if I wanted to improve my ceramics, I needed to give up (or reduce) the amount of time I sit on the couch binge watching Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc. There are some freaking fantastic shows out there, but it is just too easy to push that button and get another quick fix. To expand my intimate relationship with clay, I would need to make better choices about how to spend my time. And while it may be tempting to jump to the other extreme, living alone in the woods as a monk, I have learned that both extremes have the same negative impact on my pottery. So for me, living alone in the woods, which I truly admire, is just as destructive to my pottery as mindlessly binge watching endless hours of Netflix every night. So, everything in moderation, and listen to your creative voice when it is time to get into the studio.