Boy, it’s been a long time since I posted last. I suppose I can just start with recent stuff and see what comes out…
We had a lovely holiday, starting out in WA with Dustin’s family for the big X-mas day, then Dustin got really sick and so he got on a bus back to Canada and I drove south to the beautiful and rugged OR. A good visit with my family, auntie B, gram (who turned 90 in October!!) and cousin Rachel (can I have a favorite cousin? cause she is way up there on the list), and of course, my bestest friend Angie living down in Bluejean for New Years eve and day. IT WAS SUCH a good time!! And a bonus for going to visit Angie (beside the gorgeous shawl she made me!) was that she got me re-excited about knitting, being around her with her hands going wild in some gorgeous yarns enticed me to get some lovely Aztec turquoise BURLY SPUN wool and big 12.75mm needles and knit a simple scarf for my fav. boss, Silvia, and it turned out great! (she looks amazing in this colour!!)
Which I guess is a good way to move into this other subject I need to talk about… Today I turned in my resignation letter to my fav. boss Silvia. It broke my heart to do it, I just love working for HER so much. I just am not so in love with the actual work, in fact it’s really becoming a drain on my energy, both physical and mental. When I first started the job I never really stopped to consider how much the work is repetitious production work- although I knew that, I guess it didn’t sink in- SuRE! I could throw and trim and glaze! I love doing that- BUT can I do that for a month, 6 months, a year? hehe. yeah, no. After 9 months of it, my body says no. Then my brain starts to get mushy and quietly requests a leave of absence. I’m so sorry Silvia, cause I really love being with you and your excitement and your studio is such a great safe calm happy place. I’m just not meant for this kind of work. So there go my grand illusions (delusions) of being a studio potter someday. Different people are meant for different things. Repetitive production is not me.
So I have an interview on Thursday afternoon with a very active non-profit community arts program for a part time position. It looks like a GREAT job and I’ve been involved with this group before, and Love the stuff they are doing in the community. WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!
Otherwise, my work in my studio is going well, I’ve got several sculptures underway, and I have a goal to have 9 medium-large ones finished for this show in April. As well as throwing more small pods. I feel good about the progress I’m making, and am very excited about the possibility of getting a new job and still having time to work on my artwork. I’m not sure where this puts me in my quest to make a living off of my art. I guess I’ve finally just said: I can make it happen if I want to, but that goal may have to wait a few years. I am thinking right now of a good paying job that I can work part-time that will allow me time to continue making my art, that I find is mentally challenging, and that when I get ready to have a child in a couple years the job will be one I can step away from. I WANT THIS JOB!!
I wanted to post a photo in here, but will have to wait until Dustin comes home to show me how. He’s gone curling tonight- apparently it’s part of his Canadian immigration process. ha!
Life is always changing.