Everyday Rituals

Everyone performs rituals to give order to their day. Often, these are punctuated by the use of objects; a favorite mug, a favorite shirt, a wedding ring. What we drive, where we live, color signals, media preferences. We’re all at once broadcasting a story and attracting those who use the same codes. Some of us avoid each other like oil and water, some of us have magnetic qualities. All of us read intent by interpreting signs and symbols borne on the surface of the other. We decide almost instantly who we’re interacting with based on superficial details, seemingly out of necessity.

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Forging Ahead

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about working in a retail gallery, is that there’s a constant flow of new jewelry, ceramics, clothing and visual art cycling through. I can study the material and design choices that all these artists have made, note their techniques, even try my hand at a few for practice, or see how they might work with other materials I’m using. It’s like the same kind of insight you’d gain from critiquing in a shared studio space in college. I also love having a reason to get to know all of these folks in person and through social media, as it helps me to talk up their work to potential buyers.

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Great Success!

This year’s Powderhorn Art Fair was the best I’ve had yet, I’ve learned a lot about the presentation of my work, pricing, diversifying my offerings and being conversational. I’ve also come a long way in understanding the intersection between what I do and what the market wants. That is a really foggy place to visit, because you’re always coming from a place colored by the experience of just having made the work, and it’s hard to be objective about it until some time has passed. If the point is to come up with a formula and follow it with minimal variation, I think I could comply if I retained three or four different mediums, so as to keep my interest over the long haul.

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Celebrating Small Successes

Studies say that people who are encouraged to celebrate small accomplishments, also report having more feelings of happiness and satisfaction with their lives. Celebration is a reward for all the hard work and obstacles overcome to summit, and reinforces that our efforts were indeed worth it. It also sets the stage for subsequent successes, as it replenishes our social batteries with needed energy and affirmation. Everyone should take a break and party sometimes, especially now, because it’s my birthday week!

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Resisting the Fear

“I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”…

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The Silver Cord

In metaphysics, the silver cord is described as a strong, silver-colored, elastic cord which joins a person’s physical body to their astral body. In studio practice, I like to think of it as an invisible thread that connects each piece in order of creation, invisibly linking them with the spirit of the work. Since I’m not monogamous with my materials, and like to experiment a lot with new methods, sometimes this subtle webbing seems like the only thing that unites my work.

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Pattern Language

Some of the symbolism I want to direct attention to, is a pattern language that has been lost to time, but speaks to a higher intelligence in nature. The reading of pattern languages was essential to the survival of our ancestors. Every mark means something – we just don’t receive the message on all channels any longer because survival doesn’t require it. I am interested in how these patterns are still expressed in nature and in the constructed environment, even though hidden in plain sight.

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