Before starting a new project I have always tried to get all the ducks-in-a-row. Forget that! The house is a mess, ceramic studio cluttered with assorted projects, paperwork to do. At this moment, hour, day, year, and in this decade of my life, writing is the required action. It is time to share my experiences and legacy as a maker-creator. And the rest? It will have to fall-into-place? Or not! But at least I am writing. ‘Now’ is the only time to start.
I started on computers back in the DOS years, researched the web on dial-up, hoarded and sorted information for almost three decades, does that count? Or perhaps the assortment of half-started notebooks in my study inspired by Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way. I have a study? That’s it!
I am both the left and right brain creative. I am analyst of process an alchemist pulling from four decades of experience. I am a creative traveler (gypsy), a daughter, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, sixties-chick and crone. These are my wisdom years? I’m trying anyway.
How about that I know how to start a creative project, get through it and finish it? And understand the hick-ups in-between. I have acquired tips, tricks and how-tos. Tried numerous materials and techniques.
What have I done? See the list below… yes all of that, and raised a family, and have a day-job managing the marketing and book-keeping for our family’s boat manufacturing business. It can be done. But, it wasn’t pretty a times. And while I have been recognized for exceptional work at regional competitions, I admit I have skirted mastery for a new process.
The goal for the Creative Gypsy Blog is to offer a mentor’s voice and a resource for starting a creative project or a hang-out for giggles with a creative friend. I am deep into muddy waters of clay. Ceramics is and will be the culmination of this life’s creative adventures.
Welcome – I am grateful for your visit.
A summary of what I have explored …
- Graphic designer
- Surface Pattern Design
- Photography – Photo-compositing
- Web design
- Paper mache
- Water colour painting
- Oil painting
- Acrylic painting
- Block – relief printing
- Photo-polymer etching prints
- Screen printing
- Lamp-working glass beads – Jewelry making, metalwork, enameling
- Sewing, Knitting, Cooking (hobbies I still enjoy)
- Now actively working in Ceramics, glaze chemistry, wheel-throwing, mold making and hand-building.