I seem to find New Year's Day a good day to clean up all the Christmas stuff, get the tree out of the house and purge my cupboards to make way for some new things that we got over the holidays. Not that I've taken off my new 'Major Tom/ Lifetime' sweater long enough to need the cupboard space to put it in, but it felt as though clothing purge was in order. It's been a while since the kitty has been able to sit up and see herself in the mirror on my dressing cupboard. Christmas can seem so excessive: why is it that we always end up with more in our car on the way home from family gatherings then when we left the house?
So, a new year! For some reason, I'm not ready to get back to the studio this year with full steam ahead. Something inside of me (plus my low energy level from this cold that's hanging on) is telling me to sit back, take stock, and to think things through before getting back into the grind of the making cycle. I've decided not to do one of the shows I had been considering for Spring because the dates conflicted with NCECA, a National Clay conference that is happening in Seattle this year. I've been meaning to go to this conference for years, but either I couldn't afford it or it was happening in the eastern US. I was hoping to do some sort of residency this year, but my family is still not quite ready for me to leave them for a month or 2. With that in mind, a weekend conference in Seattle geeking out on clay ought to be a good substitution for the time being. So that's about as far as my planning for the new year has gone.
I hope you are having a restful day off- I'm baking bread and have started to clean out the kitchen cupboards now. It's so nice to be at home.