As a true Resolutionist, I couldn’t let the end of June pass without a status review of my 2011 resolutions (it is a neurotic burden). June is the half-way mark after all. So here it is:
Better Pots – The general focus for 2011 is practice and refinement. The shows that we have planned are providing plenty of opportunity for me to be purposeful and mindful when I make pots. I feel like I have so many pots to make, so I make the same pot multiple times with the same surface treatment. It gives me lots of opportunity to refine and tweak things. I am having a lot of fun because I have a goal and I feel like I have time to achieve it.
Improve Classes: I am trying to improve class instruction and bring more interesting projects to the ceramics class. I am more consistent about bringing finished pots to class to inspire the potters to work on the projects – some of the class projects have been more successful than others. I have been conscientiously watching how I make pots while I throw on my own. Then I practice explaining the process – it means I talk to myself a lot but it has increased my awareness of how to articulate movements.
Photography: I want to take photographs that capture the pots as they are. I think I have gotten better – mostly that is because I shoot in natural light. I recently hit an obstacle – I broke both cameras. I am planning to purchase another this week. I haven’t read a photography book but I will do that after I get the new camera.
Drawing: I have a book that I want to work through to prepare for a pottery workshop in August. The workshop is approaching fast and the book is unread….
Blog: I intended to write 2 entries/week to keep the website from feeling stagnant. I have managed to sustain the goal and I really enjoy the challenge of writing and editing. It is more satisfying than I would have thought – sometimes it is hard to come up with a topic and other times I feel like there are so many things I could write on. I am really encouraged by the feedback and critiques I have received which have often helped me see things from a different perspective.
Thank you to everyone who checks in with this blog. I am very touched that you choose to spend time reading my thoughts and musings.