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RE: James Joyce


Date: Wed Jun 18 2003 - 15:50:27 PDT

lol...can I relate any of that to Joyce's irresponsibility....
Well, if you consider the amount of $$ I spend on beads and jewelry
supplies, equipment, etc., some might call it irresponsible. I just
know that to get really good at any art, I need to let go of what people
think of it. I need to balance learning from others (this week I'm
learning to set a faceted stone) with putting together processes from
experiences in the past, blended with experimentation. I can't do all
of those things and think about whether it will sell or not when I am
playing with designs. In the end, I have made things that sell. But
the beauty, playfulness, surprise, discovery, and aesthetic pleasure of
the creative process is what drives me to do more of it. Studio time
must almost be like a fix for a drug addict. It soothes me and makes me
want more. I will be my most creative and productive self if I am
trying to just "receive" and "create" my art. I sold my ceramics work
in a gallery for a long time. I stopped when it started feeling like a
job. That's probably why teaching is so good for me....I have a
paycheck, benefits, time off in the summer to play, and I have learned
so much by teaching art to children. Yes, I would like my work to sell
eventually...I mean, how many baskets of jewelry can I wear???
At the present, I have a future outlook on selling jewelry as a side
income after my retirement in about 12 years. If I sell some along the
way, wonderful, but I don't want my present designing to be influenced
by that. If I sell just enough to pay for the stuff I buy to continue
making it, for now, that's good enough motivation. It would be real nice
if someone came into my life who loved my work so much they wanted to be
my agent and sell it for me. I hate marketing. I have a following at
school who likes what I make. I was in a gallery recently and had a
good Christmas sale. I pulled my work out of the gallery because I
wanted to be able to sell my work to friends and people at school for a
more reasonable cost. In the meantime, I can go months without even
thinking of selling. I'm on a learning curve right now. Though,
maybe,just maybe, by the end of the summer I will try to put my work
somewhere else. I just want to protect myself from the "gotta make ten
more of these by Friday" effect while I am learning so much. Make
sense? I don't mean that I don't enjoy showing my art to other people
after I 've made it. I do! But I don't think "will anyone want to buy
this" when I make it. If in the end, I have a piece that someone likes,
that's gravy.