I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Worcester Center of Craft this coming weekend for the annual Pottery Invitational May 13-15th, 2016. I have been planning and making work for it since January, back when I worried about my pots freezing in my studio if I didn’t stoke my wood stove often enough. What a relief to have this warmer weather! I kept thinking, “Well, this is fine for right now, but what am I going to do when I’m 60?” I need a better studio.
Ever since having kids a few years ago, I have had to be really disciplined about being efficient with my time in the studio. No dawdling, staring off into space, putzing around. It’s plan, execute, repeat. I should know better by now, but it always surprises me how many tasks there are that are not actually making things – cleaning glaze buckets, organizing inventory and writing prices on stickers, hauling wood into my space for the stove come to mind, but there are many others. I can see the appeal of having an apprentice. Later this summer I think my schedule will allow for some more exploratory time in the studio. I’m looking forward to that.
Here are some of my favorite pots I’m taking with me to Worcester.