Where the cup gets emptied
So there is space to refill it tomorrow.
Bloomington Creative Glass Center Grand Opening and Pumpkin Preview October 2018.
Discovering that art can be a medium for success, community, and fulfillment is surprising and delightful... making the challenges worth it. A lifetime of insatiable curiosity has lead me on a winding path of discovery and trials. The challenges of working with hot glass are helping me work on my focus and discipline, while giving me enough variety to keep my interest. The opportunities for collaboration and the people I have connected with are a great fit for the kind of projects I want to work on day to day. And of course, the excitement on people's faces when we start talking about glass is always a thrill. The fun and beauty glass art brings to people's lives, especially when they can also use their art daily, is simple, but powerful.
Hot glass found me and pulled me in to a team of people interested in working hard to build something amazing. On a micro-level we take a molten liquid and turn it into something useful or beautiful or weird or all of these. Working together in teams and on our own projects, we build a culture that appreciates careful attention to the things we use every day. Working with such a complex and challenging medium I learn things about myself and grow in unexpected ways.
Action Photo by Rebecca Caldwell
What isn't there to be inspired by? The stories of people fascinate me. How do you make your decisions? What brings you joy? Do you like clean lines or lumpy, organic shapes? Both?
I recharge sitting with close friends outside by water or fire, or snuggled cozily with a book and my cat, Orca.
I dive in to projects with both feet...and retreat from them to reset. I put things in order and I let them fall apart. I plan and strategize and overthink. And then I change everything and choose something that just showed up. But... I wouldn't have known it was the right choice without all the planning.
The path is the destination...even when I forget and focus on an end goal. Whatever is in the way is the way...until it isn't and it's time to let go and move on. Structure provides freedom to focus on the smaller details. Sometimes passion doesn't look like I expect and inspiration usually looks like something that just worked out that way and I decided I liked it.
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