I joke around sometimes that I have a clay addiction. But the thing is, it's not that funny, because it is mostly true. I can't turn it off, I can't stop thinking about it. When things go well I feel a high from it. When pieces break or don't turn out my mood gets low, I feel lethargic. I have all the symptoms of an addict.
I get ideas, some turn out good, others not so much. Some ideas I like to marinate for awhile. Others I think of it and I am like "GO!" I must try them immediately. Well...I got a new idea for a glaze combination one night and I was finishing up glazing and about to run a kiln load. I wanted to try this idea right away, I mean it could be weeks before I have enough work ready for another glaze load. I have to make the pieces, dry them out, bisque fire them, all before glazing. It's a process and you always want to run your kiln when it is full for both a energy stand point and to ensure it fires evenly.
This idea involved applying the first layer of glaze with lace and I didn't have any. Then all of a sudden a light bulb went off, "My wedding dress was lace!" OH YES I DID! Now before everyone gets completely flabbergasted this was left over material from having my wedding dress hemmed. I kept the extra material with the attentions of making tooth fairy pillows for my girls with it, sorry kids. The best part about all of this is that it did not come out as expected and it is not even a glaze combination I think I will use. But I had to try and when you are an addict some sacrifices and worth it.
They say when you buy a piece of art you buy a piece of the artist's trials and accomplishments along with defeats, and a piece of the artist's heart and soul. Well... when you buy a piece of my art you also buy a small part of my wedding dress and I am selling it all online! Not sure what this says about me but I wouldn't have it any other way.
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