I have recently been catching up on my reading. Since the end of March I had been working on a late 19th century house that had suffered some fire damage. The family was also requesting some remodelling. Needless to say, between that and my own home renovation projects, I haven't gotten much time in the studio, or time to keep up with ClayArt, or read Ceramics Monthly, PMI, ClayTimes, Studio Potter, etc. Then there is all of the online blogs and info available on the internet. My Read It Later tab under my Bookmarks is lengthy, I assure you.
But the last couple of days while fighting a weird stomach illness (I'm a celiac and I'm sure I ate something that had wheat in it) I have been doing some catching up. Now mind you, I as of this writing have 3342 messages from ClayArt to read, but I am down from 3500 or so, so I'm feeling really good about that. But the reason I'm not about to just delete those files is why I am writing this.
One of the fairly regular contributors to ClayArt is an artist by the name of Snail Scott. Snail writes with thought and compassion and her posts are beautifully written and just a joy to read. So I want to just say thank you Snail, for inspiring us to bring thought and beauty to more aspects of our lives.
Another person whose writing I really enjoy is Michael Kline. He is very engaging and also really sincere in communicating with his audience. Not to mention he makes great pots!!
And so, I continue to read, continue to write, continue to communicate with my online friends and with my life friends online. I've been thinking about my own work as well, the new direction that I want to go with it. I am not sure how much production pottery is in my future, but what ever direction I ultimately go, I will be listening, reading, and ready to interact with all of it. Here's a taste of what I'm toying with....just a taste.