A whirlwind week. I went from the solitude of my studio work to working on and in a show with hundreds of other clay artists selling thousands upon thousands of cups, vases, bowls, garden art, sculpture, masks, plates, baking dishes, ornaments and jewelry.
I packed up my work in bins and boxes for delivery to four different areas of the show each with their own delivery dates and times. I arrived first thing in the morning as huge trucks were unloaded with pedestals, walls and shelves needing to be painted and assembled.
I left late into the evenings. I lifted and painted and assembled. Repaired broken or non-existent hardware. I unpacked boxes and checked lists and tracked down missing pieces. I arranged and helped hang over 70 masks in one area. Then I set up a group booth with lights and electrical in another area.
After all this, I drove my car to the loading zone and hauled out 3 bins of my own work. Then proceeded to unpack and fill the shelves to which I was assigned. I am a new member of this group, so I don't get a choice where my work was shown this year. It was hard to do all the work for others and see my pieces in a small corner in the very back. But, I recognize that some things take time and I'm a hard worker. It's patience that I lack. Perhaps, this just another in a long series of lessons designed to help me learn.
I watched people buy my mugs, vases, sculpture and masks and take them home. Other clay artists appreciated my work and bought it for themselves. I packed up less to take home than I brought. I worked shifts all around the show. I helped sell masks from a special installation that made over $3,000 for a local medical team. I met many new people and made some new clay friends.
But most of all, I was part of a great team. And for the first time in a long time, I felt delight of bonding with like-minded people coming together to make something bigger and better than anyone of us possibly could.
It was a fast flowing week, yes. And sometimes life, like a river, needs to flow faster in order to grow. Today, as I sit here in silence, I feel a good tired that comes with flowing fast last week and the refreshment of a slower, serene flow this week.