Many streams of activity running concurrently in the studio this past week –
throwing and exploring the vessel form;
testing new majolica glazes for applying on thrown utilitarian pieces;
drawing and painting of portrait tiles for some panels;
surfaces and glazing of bowls and dishes for a Canadian gallery order;
decorating small cups for a Swiss gallery order;
completing a mural of tiles for an interior decorator’s client in Knysna;
packing and paper work for panel going to S.A. pavilion at World Expo,Shanghai;
packing up tea bowls for a tea bowl exhibition at The Clay Museum in Durbanville, Cape Town
….ongoing admin work,
AND trying to stay centred through all of this and to think creatively!
Sort of multi-thinking, multi-planning and multi-tasking all in one.
However ,always an inspiring thought to keep me going...I found this excerpt in a book called ‘The Potter’s Companion'(Ed.Ronald Larsen, Park Street Press 1993) which has interesting articles on the nature of craft and the ceramic discourse in general.
‘Between the timeless time of the museum and the speeded-up time of technology, craftsmanship is the heartbeat of human time….The craftsman’s handiwork teaches us to die and hence teaches us to live..’
Octavio Paz Lozano (March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998) Mexican writer, poet, diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel prize for literature