Thursday, August 30, 2007

fresh approach

I think my time in Japan really changed my brain in several ways. To honor this I’m changing the look of my blog. I’ve been really happy with how it looked until recently; all of the sudden it seemed stale. Do you like it? I do. I may not stick with these colors—I’m having a bout of insomnia right now and when I wake up in the morning these colors might be more than I can handle. But at 3:30 in the morning it looks pretty good!

One thing that has been different lately is I have been a lot more patient with myself and my work. I know from experience that everything in the studio takes a lot longer than you ever think it will. I know this, but I’ve always fought it, always pushing for things to go faster than they possibly can and getting all worked up about it. I’ve noticed since I’ve been back that I seem to be okay with giving everything the amount of time it needs and not having an expectation that it should be any different than it is.

For example, I’ve started to think about how all the elements that make my business run are just as important as making a pot, and that includes answering the phone, paying my bills, filing paperwork, taking photos, and following up with clients. I don’t always do these things conscientiously because I often find them to be annoying distractions from my work. Once I accept these things as vital and important rather than annoying, I don’t feel as bothered going through the motions of doing it. I’m giving the task the time it needs and then getting back to what I really want to do: make pots. And I work better knowing that I’ve done the things that enables me to make pots everyday.


  1. I can relate with your time-pushing (or not-pushing) theme. My father always said - everything needs it`s own time. And I have become to understand that. Every little thing needs it`s own time. Whether it`s sketching or making dinner or putting back a book - they all need their time.

    Thank You for your blog altogether - I enjoy it immensely.
    And the colors are nice :)

  2. I lived and studied pottery for 7 years in Japan, that was 22 years ago. SincCheryle my return to the US, I have been a full time studio potter.

    I am glad you now see all the "other" things you do in connection with running a business as part of being a potter. To discount them fragments the life of a true studio potter. It is all connected, both the "other" and the time in the studio COMBINED make you ABLE to be a potter.

    I have heard similar arguments, or unsettled feeling, if you will around the topic of production vs. one-of-a-kind work. Here too there is no difference, BOTH have value. TYhe important thing is to mave each act an intentional one that leads you further down the road.

    Cheryl Costantini

    Nichibei potters

  3. Your new studio looks beautiful. It won't take long to build up a head of steam again in this lovely space.