Creative Spaces

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Because my upstairs work space was totally covered with the last project, I had to move to another table to set-up some pieces for a demo I was doing last week-end.

Arghhhh!  Now, look at this!  I’ve continued to work downstairs and things are looking pretty “creatively” messy.  I find it difficult to juggle different techniques on one work table.  I’m working with silver clay one minute, bronze clay the next hour, then it’s on to hammering out that wire necklace or a little alcohol inks on my brass cuff,  soldering that bezel, or maybe the freeform seed bead project, or, or, or…  I work on the projects my muse guides me to and that looks like chaos to others.  I really thrive with the variety, and I know where everything is, we’ll most of the time.  It seems when I  stop to clean and organize, I lose things!

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, the what is an empty desk a sign of?”  Albert Einstein

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Retreat, Within

My next step, after watching a metal clay piece disintegrate , will be to jump back in, digging in my heels, and master this thing.  Ironically, “master” has been the big word lately in most of my metal clay conversations.  So, Master is just exactly what I intend to do because I will be registering to complete the Masters Registry program, Level 1, check it out here.  In this program, you must make ten projects according to specified criteria to receive the Level 1 Certification.  I am not trying to prove any level of competency but to engage in a meaningful experience and learn as much as I can about metal clay.  And I certainly do not feel I am anywhere near as proficient as some others starting this same journey.  For me this trip is about learning.  It will involve lots of experimentation, lots of online tutorials, lots of classes with accomplished mc artists, and lots of focus.  This means my sales end will be minimized and my energies directed at “mastering” the art of metal clay.  Right now I’m collecting inspiration pieces, connecting with others involved in the Masters Registry program, and picking my projects. Once I get a good grip on the projects I plan to do, I will send in my money to register and be on my way.  The journey has officially begun, it may be a roller coaster ride or a smooth ride,  but for sure it is the right direction for me.  Now, on to narrow down my projects.