|gallery front at opening time!|
|Josie's new work!|
|One of my vases with calla's from my front yard.|
|How fabulous are Lynn Landor's pieces!|
|Sharon Virtue work|
|Sharon, Sarah Gregory (in background) Dana Zed and Rae|
The Fourth&Clay Vase Invitational was this last weekend. Friday night opening party was good times - thank god they have a couch in their studio - it was nice to talk to whoever popped by for a sit down! The gallery front had the firsts and in the studio working space behind were tables with incredible deals on seconds from many of the participating artists. I bought so much work, I think that even if I sell all my vases - I still may not break even !
I had a great conversation with Sara Paloma - whose work you may be very familiar with -she is a wildly talented and successful working ceramic artist. We talked about about working a full time job vs. doing clay full time. I have a lot of friends who make their living as artists and over the years we've often talked about the particular challenges for each situation; I have a full time job and that has it's challenges. The main one being it's a time suck. Many of my friends have been doing art as a living for so long it's a lifestyle for them. They couldn't imagine working in an office; I can't believe I work in an office, so we may be even there ;)
I suppose working a job where I have steady income but have less time to devote to my creative life is a lifestyle too. I've often tortured myself over the idea of doing art for a living, but I've always chosen to work. Talk is cheap, eh! Must be that unglamorous practicality in me.
Recently, I've began to feel more content with my situation; the reality that I like to have a job that pays for my insurance, phone, Internet, rent! I have to balance and manage my time in as organized a manner as possible where my art is concerned because I simply don't have much.
Anyway, I go on....I think it's a valuable discussion and I thank Sara for a good conversation on the subject and I'd welcome comments, if anyone has any about the subject.
Participants at the show:
Mary Mar Keenen