I am always astonished that in many craft forums today, it seems expected that makers can come up with a new ‘product’ overnight as it were. In the past months, whilst posting about many other ceramists, and also making some of my regular work for clients – to pay the bills! – I have been struggling to find new meaning in my work. I think there is a Sufi concept which is something like –
I know not who I am –
and with this in mind I have been experimenting and searching for my voice in my ceramic work. I have been experimenting a lot and these images posted here are some of my first results which I feel are slowly getting somewhere in this journey. I find the creative process always such a struggle of brow-beating, slog and self criticism and wonder if this is the same for other makers. Certainly I would not be able to come up with a new design in a hurry!
I am reminded thus of a beautiful poem by Rilke which I have posted previously…still applies…