Studio | Works in progress

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Cold. Rain.

Autumn is making a dreary entrance this year, but it’s cozy indoors.

The garden is starting to wind down, and around this time every year I get the urge to purge and yank out annuals. Put the garden to bed for the winter. But in reality, it’s too early for that and all the zinnias are still so lovely.

My small studio space has been a comfortable, warm place to create with the rain and cold outside.

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In other news. I’m getting a kiln this Saturday! I’ve had the incredible opportunity to use my mom’s kilns for the past several months, and now I’ll have one here. She’s practically giving me her first kiln and I could not be happier or more grateful. My mom has been such a vital part of this whole pottery thing for me. From teaching me how to hand build, and sharing her studio space and kilns with me, to encouraging me, learning new things alongside me, and enabling me to make a space to create in my own home. So here I am, with a fully operational home studio, and my own kiln on the way.

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The past several months have been such a journey. Working with clay has pushed my controlling nature around, with some force. I’ve grown so much. There’s so much loss and letting go in this art form. Things that go wrong, pieces that crack, glazes that don’t fit.

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Try something new and sometimes you get magic, sometimes you get epic fail.

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I’m thankful that the Lord has used this season to teach me things, to stretch me, mold me, much like clay in His hands.

OK, time for another cup of joe. This rain!

Anna

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