Posts Tagged "Resolutions"

Return from a Hiatus

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Philosophy | 0 comments

One of my resolutions this year was to post a blog a week; sadly, I have not succeeded in keeping that resolution.  But it’s September! Which is another sort of New Year. Of course, this perspective is the result of years in school.  And, although I am not in school, September still resonates with promises of change and improvement. While I truly enjoy blogging, it is quite a bit of work for me.  One of the bigger challenges to blogging (right after carving out time to be quiet and think) is taking pictures; and, I want to include photos with my posts because I can’t write what a good photo...

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New Year’s Goals for Creatives

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration | 0 comments

One of the benefits of working in clay is that I get to meet lots of creative people – and not just potters.  I have met musicians  painters, book binders, knitters, weavers, jewelry makers and many other craftspersons.  The world is filled with interesting people who are actively pursuing a passion.  So regardless of what your medium of choice is, perhaps you are like me and desire to increase your creativity.   But if I am to make distinctive and soulful pots, then I need to pursue it because I know it won’t ‘just happen on its own’.  So here are some things I...

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New Year’s Goals for a Potter

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Inspiration | 0 comments

I know I benefit from setting goals.  So to that end, I thought I would post a few suggestions for New Year’s Goals. Throw larger – I often hear potters discuss making larger pots.  Try to double (or triple) the average size pot your throw well.  For example, if you throw a 3lb bowl, try to throw a 6lb bowl by the end of the year. Select a glaze palette – Choose a few glazes and learn how they behave and how you can use them to showcase their best attributes. Upgrade your tool kit – If you use community tools or if your tools are worn, try to upgrade a few of your...

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A New Beginning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in About Me | 0 comments

The New Year has begun.  And although I am optimistic about all 2013 has to offer, 2013 feels different…larger.   Perhaps that is because while I am welcoming the new year, I am also welcoming a new decade of my life and as I am contemplating goals for 2013, I  am also thinking about where I want to go in this new stage of life. Working in clay has enhanced my life and pushed me beyond who I thought I could be.  But now I am asking myself why I am making pots.  I think that is a question all potters ask themselves.  In fact, it is one I ask all my beginning students.  Answers vary, but...

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2012…

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in About Me, Philosophy | 2 comments

Although I love the holidays, there is something fresh and uncluttered about January.  The darker days seem to lend themselves to quiet contemplation; and, as a resolutionist, I find myself thinking about what would like to do in the new year. The primary thing I would like to focus on this year is developing more interesting pots.  This is one of those immeasurable goals – allusive and hard to define.    Essentially, I would like to add layers of depth to the pots to make them feel more like my own.  I haven’t figured out how I am going to go about this; and, I suspect that it will take...

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