Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Coming out of the Fog
All that said, I happen to be a very passionate ceramic artist. I'm not really a business person. I never went into ceramics for the money. In the end, I would love to get paid well enough for what I make, but in the end, all I want to do is to create and make. Ceramics is an area I am particularly dedicated to. I love the process of clay from beginning to end. From a ball of clay on the wheel to painting and dipping bisques pots into glazes that I've formulated and made myself. My hands touch each piece that I make over a hundred times before they get passed along to galleries or to my customers. I want my work to resonate the hand-made process. That process took years to develop. It takes time to recreate consistently. It is a skill, but also it is a deep passion that has to drive one to be committed enough to the process to do it again and again.
I believe that there are many other ceramic artists out there like myself. Others that are dedicated to producing and making phenomenal work. I was just so disappointed when the popular vote didn't see that. It wasn't about winning or losing, it was more a dismay that people don't realize that there is a difference between an ceramic artist and a business that makes ceramic objects. It might have cost me some sales, but hopefully not my reputation... now, enough said, time to move on!