I take my work seriously. Very seriously. Ok, maybe too seriously. So sometimes, it's important to put in some serious goofing around time.
This week, I unloaded a glaze load from the kiln. Loaded another load with greenware, bisque fired it and unloaded it. I have shelves filled with finished pieces, pieces to be glazed and others waiting to be bisque fired. With my shelves filled up, there's no room for a normal week of thrown work.
Instead of focusing on throwing my usual mugs, vases and bowls, I experimented. I rolled out a slab and created a handbuilt jar. I rolled out coils into branches and gingko leaves, attaching them all around the jar. I cut out a lid, put on a handle and more leaves.
Hand-building with clay is a lot like going back to kindergarten for me. Remember the brightly, colored play-dough?
But wheel throwing is so peaceful, if I go too long without it, I get cranky. So this week, I decided to combine my kindergartner with my adult artist by throwing two halves of a vase on the wheel and using hand-building to put it together. Of course, I couldn't resist adding a layer of heart-shaped leaves and whimsical dots.
I know this sounds like a lot of serious work. But it wasn't, really.
Without the expectation or need to fill the shelves, I could goof off. Get out the clay and just play. I goofed around, had fun and discovered some new ideas for more pieces.