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 much longer than a year. A few things I will do to help myself along are: compiling a sketchbook/scrapbook, carving stamps, more glaze experimentation, and purposeful quiet time.
In addition, I would like to make some pottery for myself. The few pots that live in my cabinets are seconds and misfits. They are fine but I would like to upgrade. I hate to have our guests see my ‘ugly step-children’. Among the pots I want to make for myself are holiday plates for next Christmas. Along that same thought, I want to make an Advent calendar for our home. It occurred to me this past holiday season, that our young houseguests would have enjoyed opening the jars during their visits.
I am sure that there will be other things to challenge me in the New Year; but, these are what seem to be on my mind the most.