So I started my new job on Wednesday, and have to say I am already enjoying it immensely! What is this new job? I am working as a studio assistant for a potter, Silvia Dotto, doing throwing, glazing, medallions, and all sorts of stuff. For my interview I had to throw a few pieces for her, and the call back interview was to come trim the pieces. What a great way to get a job, eh! If only all interviews could be so straightforward. So my first day of work was on Wednesday and I threw 40 pots for her in the first day. Honestly, it may be the most throwing I’ve ever done like that, straight production. And it was awesome! I just threw and threw, concentrating on the bowl at hand, looking over her prototypes, and trying to understand what the clay was doing, and how it was suppose to be looking at the end. And 40 pots and 25 lbs of clay later, that was a day! Today was day 2 in the studio, trimming those pots and then doing the finishing work that is her trademark look, medallions and stamping. So the glistening pots were decorated and ended up looking like they belonged in her pile of stuff. It made me so proud to be part of such an operation of beauty.
I think this job is going to be so very satisfying. For a variety of reasons; I can throw and make and do and in the end I’m not responsible for the results of that work (marketing and sales, specifically), I will be working on my throwing techniques 2-3 times a week for the next several months, I am surrounded by many brilliant artists (the studio where she works is a huge warehouse full of artist studios), I am 1 block from my studio (always good for motivation is proximity to your own space! haha)… oh the list goes on. What a perfect job for me for now in my life. I need this kind of relaxed simple joyful work. This is the pace of grace I am seeking.
Well, I’m off to bed with husband still working away at school. But today is the day he finishes his thesis! Oh Dustin, i am so very proud of you! Can’t wait for our celebration date tomorrow!