My son (love that boy!!) is home from college for winter break and we decided to go down to the local "you paint it, we'll fire it" pottery place. Now we all have things that we do to blow off creative steam, kind of like writing gibberish to circumvent writer's block. Its a great place to go with someone when you want to catch up, gossip (pleasantly), bitch, or even have a heart to heart. There's no pressure, your hands are busy, eye contact is not a must, and its not rocket science so if you flub something up its not the end of the world. Plus our little haven allows us to bring in food (read dessert) and yes... even wine! I've done this with numerous friends & relatives. We've celebrated engagements, cried over a parent's death, and made holiday gifts for loved ones.
However... I have an acquaintance who is such a purist about art that she feels these little outings are a grievous affront to aesthetics unless somewhere, somehow you've been sanctioned an artiste. Denouncing these places is to shut down a creative outlet for the every girl. The average person claims the old "can't draw a stick figure" defense, yet give them a heart shaped bowl and some pink speckled glaze and they relax, confidently grab a brush, and swish around until its covered. Then they patiently wait to pick up their gem to fill with m&m's. No, these efforts are usually not worthy of etsy but nobody's hawking them online either. I would never be so foolish as to claim that my dabblings qualify as fine art. I am proud of my efforts and feel that everyone should be. I have also seen some truly beautiful functional pieces come out of their kilns.
So, is she being a snob or am I just creative white trash? The truth is I don't care. I'm having fun, cutting loose, and making memories with the people I love. And if we decide that our goodies are worthy of being on display, well then good for us. I'm just trying to get people to give their creative sensibilities a shout out :) Maybe being comfortable with our own efforts is that first big step to a new hobby, visiting a local exhibit, and hopefully becoming consumers of original art instead of the mass produced "stuff" we're marketed to death to buy. Anyways... The pictures above are of my latest effort. Like it or hate it, I had a blast making it and its a reminder of a day well spent with someone special and that's good enough for me!
arthur you lost ground again, I'm ending today on an 8.