Laurel Makers Market's debut is now behind us, and as I begin to settle into my role, I'm learning more about how to continuously reconfigure my ceramics process. Within our vendor application we ask each artist to explain their work process. It's the best question we could have posed, something almost book worthy, because boy do artists like to elaborate on the many ways in which they struggle to refine their crafts! It's through these stories that I now consistently ask myself how I can elevate my products to a new level. Now, you may not see a steady flow of items splattered across my page, but I am in fact making, and often selling at various local markets.
Sometimes we find ourselves running up against a wall and out of ideas. I was once told that well practiced artists don't depend on inspiration, they just work, work, work until something happens. And you have to, because inspiration is such an iffy beast, but a good work ethic, well, that's much more reliable. So whether it's these artists giving me a steady flow of inspiration or me sitting in my den, going between playing with balls of clay and cups of coffee or wine, I'm confident ideas will continue to settle into my lap.