I find I am provoked into creativity by different things.
Sometimes it is an upcoming deadline. Example: Treasurers of the Earth Show in Shelby, NC in the late winter. In January I will begin to think about things related to llamas that I want to make. As the month progresses, more grandiose ideas will rear their head. I will sketch little scenes on scraps of paper at home and throughout the studio. As my hands are making practiced pieces for gallery orders, my mind is racing on about the potentiality of a Llama nation. Llama candlesticks, llama bowls, llama mugs, llamas with long leg extensions. Why llamas? There are llamas in the area around Shelby. I think llamas look amazing with their enormous dark eyes, elongated faces and camel-like lips. I can do more sculptural work when making them. They are different. They offer me a chance to make some pretty out there work compared to my normal pieces. I enjoy making them for a short period and then do not desire to make them the rest of the year. I can call them a limited series, because they are very much that. Mostly because they are FUN.
Sometimes it is a new form that I want to explore and I will put a tried and true decoration on it. My new bread trays are a new form but the basketweave and cherry blossom design are a decoration pattern I started on about a year ago. The same goes with the butter dishes. New design form, established decoration pattern. Reflecting on this I think it follows a type of scientific set of steps in that you don’t change everything at once. You make one change, then use well known and proven data on the rest. It keeps me from being in a total state of chaos with no predictibility. With ever changing materials and having to use a caldron heating in the volcanic range to mature your pieces, having stableness can be a commodity.
Thought you might enjoy how my mind works and the motivation behind the work I do. Gotta go, those llamas will be calling me until Thursday night, when the Treasures of the Earth Show debuts at the Cleveland Co. Arts Council, Shelby, NC..