People who follow me know that I have a thing for plants and flowers. These natural beauties can inform the creative process as much as providing a relaxing and calming atmosphere to work in.
You can imagine how happy I was to discover Kate's @aplayfulday hashtag, #wipsandblooms, which celebrates the moment of creating. As she puts it:
'A moment to pause. To reflect. To acknowledge the details of what we are making and crafting. To notice time is passing and enjoy process.'
So I'm honoured to announce that I will be the new co-host for this hashtag too.
As a maker I often get swept along by the need to show only my beauty shots, of my creations in their final glory. When really the most rewarding part of making can be the journey itself. I guess there is a clue in the verb to potter itself. But also I think this small pause can help with the creative process too, as it can lead to a different outcome. After I took the photo above I then realised I had a flower motif which look even better than these lace designs.
Creating any new art-form has a certain slowness attached to it. Especially with clay as you have to wait for it to dry or be fired before going on to the next stage of embellishments or decorating. For this reason I tend to have several projects on the go at any one time, which stops me getting bored but can be hard for brain to cope with too. For this reason I'm going to enjoy the chance to reflect and plan a bit more my personal work-in-progress. In the next month as well as several commissions, and an exhibition, I'm thinking about wall pieces, hanging planters, new working methods and am already looking ahead to *sshhh* a time with snowflakes and presents.
Seeing a peak of a craft room or maker space with tools is akin to having a nosey around someone's home and I think we all like to do that, don't we? So I'm really looking forward to seeing what people come up with and hope you will join in.
Joining us is simple. Take a snap of your work in progress (wip) and your seasonal bloom. Tag us both (@aplayfulday & @ceramicmagpie) and use the hashtag #wipsandblooms so we can easily find one another. We will do a little round-up of our favourites on our blogs and on instagram at the end of each month.
And whilst we are on the subject of hashtags I thought I would list a few of my favourites here, which complement #wipsandblooms.
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.