ok, i’ve been working full time for about a month now. in theory it’s not many more hours but it’s really kicking my ass. i feel the days passing, get up, go to work, take care of mundane tasks, get into bed, restart. it’s not a nice feeling. there is so little time to just “be around” the studio. the salt and soda kiln have been fired in the last week and i wasn’t present for either. it’s not the one job, of course, it’s just that between working in sarasota, with the commuting, and part time at creative clay, and one day the the clay co my days are packed and i’m starting to feel a little claustrophobic. i love all the things i do but everyone needs a little spare time right? ok, my pity party is over. today i did have the day off and i got to work in the studio for the majority of it. i finished up a third in the chicken butt series and started a fourth. j- and i are going to fire the soda kiln this weekend and i’m hopeing to get all four of them in. i’m always pushing it to the last minute with firings…
our a.i.r. studios are burning up about now. st. pete clay is housed in a big red brick train station from the 1920’s. up front where the member studios, retail galleries and highwater clay are housed is air conditioned but walking back through the building, once you hit the kiln room, it’s nothing but toasty. i spent most of the day at the studio today but after an hour or so i had to run out for beverages. using my sweet rolling sculpture stands i moved everything up front. when sabo left to go back to alaska his space transitioned into a small work area for classes or overheated a.i.r.s so that’s where i set up. went and got some vitamin water and um, regular water and got back to work.
it was great to spend the whole day working in the studio. right now is kind of a transitional time. during this residency i have worked really hard to “be around” as much as possible and not take this time or space for granted. i had a really good job situation, working part time with benefits at my main job and part time at creative clay but recently, due to the crazy economy, i had to go full time to keep my benifits. not that i’m complaining. i am definitely thankful that there was a position for me to transition into. now i have the task ahead of me to continue to be around and continue learning with less time. i know this summer will be tough, and i’ll struggle to keep my nose to the grindstone. so far though, being at work more has made me feel more motivated to get into the studio in the time i do have.
i’m preparing for my end of residency show. it’s not officially scheduled yet but will be in early fall, september or so. hard to believe i’ve been at this 9 monthes. i have learned so much, made a lot of work and done a few shows. by the time i put that solo show up, fill up a whole gallery with shit i made, i think i will be pretty satisfied with my experience.
i’m also putting together some little guys for the annual flower and garden sale next next weekend. my parents are obsessed with gardening so they separated out some baby succulent plants for me to make some pots for. i’m not much of a vessel maker but hopefully they’ll be sweet.
stay tuned for the after….
seriously, last week was long. i was bummed out to miss art basel in miami but life on the west coast of florida was busy enough. at work we were being observed, at the studio we were preparing for the sale and i was preparing my own art work for the sale. whoo, i was really running on low!
finally yesterday i had a bit of a break. well, recently a half day is as close to a day off as i get but i’ll take what i can get. i worked in the morning at creative clay. we are still book making. i know we will have to move onto something different but i’ve so enjoyed seeing m improve her skills.
afterwards i went to mazzaro’s italian deli to get something for lunch. i’ve been hearing about this place since i moved here, but hadn’t yet been. it was like walking into italy. i was able to find my favorite cheese from when i was traveling in italy (romano fresca with pepper corns) not to mention arancini (sicilian rice balls) and italian tuna. these were the things i would buy (with a roll or loaf of bread) and carry around in my bag to eat for lunch in some scenic spot. you know how it is. the only thing i didn’t find, but i’ll have to look next time, is white anchovies. the arancini were very similiar to my family’s except that they had way too much cheese in them!
i relaxed the rest of the day, stepping out for an errand or two, and this morning, finally i was back to 100%.
book making is super fun and the finished products look great. we have made about 10 so far but are about to step up production. next monday will see up pop 5 finished books out of the press!
finally getting into the swing of things, work wise. i worked a lot less, this week, and that got me four days in the studio, actually working. i may be sorry when my paycheck comes, but that’s the way it’s going to have to be. my bills are pretty minimal and i am able to stay mostly stocked with food by visiting my parents house (yum!) but this month had some major put outs, i.e. buying the 300sd and driving down to west palm to get it. pretty minimal, you might think, but i’m a paycheck to paycheck kind of girl. so i’m trying to lay as low as possible this week and hope that my pay covers next months bills. creative clay gives me a little extra cash each week, though my four hours there are so delightful, i sometimes forget i’m getting paid. i am hoping to add on a few more hours with there art link program. one of their member artists and and artist like me are linked up and create a body of work over a period of time (9 months?) and then during the summer there is a show. i was super impressed with this summer’s show. two artists i know and there art link partners made some very involved installations, one with found objects and one with sewn dolls. working on the garden path installation right now has got the wheels in my head turning about how i could work with one of cc’s artist on a full scale installation with clay or found objects. cc is a good combo of “working” and making art with a little bit of hanging out and bonding thrown in. i’ve definitely noticed when you work with other artists on a weekly basis, you start building a relationship.
anyway, the point was, trying to work less, and make art more. i’m trying. whew is it hard though sometimes. i think i should start taking snap shots each day as i leave the studio and post them here so i can see my progress over time.
of course, i love my job too. i spent the summer trying to learn as much as i could, and to get as good as i could at it so that when i got this residency i could shift my focus briefly to learning everything about it. and hopefully a great equilibrium will eventually exist.
ok, i’m out.
right now is kind of hard. i am getting benefits starting dec. 1st. so i need to work at least 25 hours a week. usually i am working more, because i need the money, but i am trying to scale back. i am at the clay studio one day a week and at creative clay one day a week. at the moment, when i finish working, i just want to chill, and not think about making work. i’m feeling a lot of frustration. i want to have a whole day to work in the studio. and i think i need a whole day to do nothing and to be completely alone but there are not enough days in the week.
i applied and was accepted to kara walker tome’s next show 10 x 10 in west palm beach in mid november. i am creating a large scale sculpture installation of a garden out of white glazed earthenware. i have the picture in my head and am so excited to work on it. on top of the clay sculpture i’m going to add materials like gravel, crocheted yarn, sand, etc. i just want there to be a lot of layers. i worked on the mock up tuesday and the main layout is done. now i just need to create the main sculpture pieces so i can start adding detail. i am so lazy, i just wanted to do detail work. i spent a few hours coiling the other day, and then ended up balling it all up and pinching the mock up out of it. i just wanted to warm up. once i really took the layout in i realized that i’m going to have to make some temporary slump molds. i think those big exercise bowls will work and maybe some big trashcans and/or plastic storage bins.