Phew! It seems people actually like my new work… I’ve had so much positive feedback from people, it’s been quite overwhelming. We’re just 4 days into Purbeck Art Weeks and I’ve sold several pieces, which I’m really happy about. More importantly though, people are interested… They want to know how I’ve made the sculptures, sources of inspiration, what clay I’ve used and quite a few people have even asked if the they’ve been carved out of stone! I couldn’t have wished for a better response.
Only 2 more days until the Private Viewing and I’m starting to feel nervous… my new work is quite different to what I’ve done before and I’m worried that everyone’s going to think it’s rubbish! Is this how all artists/crafters feel about their work when it first appears in the eyes of the general public? Whilst I had made the decision that I wasn’t going to worry about sales (as I felt that stifled my creativity)… now I really hope that people are going to like my work enough to make a purchase! Hmm, have I made a terrible mistake?!
I spent a very blustery few hours down the beach today taking photos of my Ceramics. I struggled with work being blown over and getting sand blasted. However I was up against a deadline – ‘Dorset’ Magazine is running an article on my work and asked for a ‘nice’ picture of me – I’m not sure this one’s going to get used!!
After having my second child, I made the decision to take a couple of years off from launching a new collection of work. However, when I saw that the theme for Purbeck Art Weeks (our local arts festival) was ‘Out of the Depths’, which fitted perfectly with some ideas that had been bouncing around my head for a while, I decided to join in the fun!! With the front cover image competition deadline looming, I made a prototype to test out a new type of clay. Once fired, I took the finished sculpture down to my local beach in Swanage, Dorset. I took some photos and promptly entered the competition… And amazingly I won! The only problem is now I’m going to be spending every waking hour getting a new body of work together… not going to be easy with a toddler and a home-educated 10 year old to look after!!