Beyond the Brickyard

So, a while back I wrote a post (Lesson Learned) about how I was going to make myself apply to more things, whether I thought I stood a chance or not. It’s been a really good exercise to put myself out there—the interesting thing has been that the shows I didn’t think I stood a chance at, I’ve gotten into, and some of the ones where I thought I had a pretty good chance at, I didn’t. Go figure.

One of the shows I almost talked myself out of applying for was the Beyond the Brickyard show at the Archie Bray Institute in Helena, Montana, but, keeping Gretzky’s mantra that you “miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” in my mind, I figured I had nothing to loose. So you can imagine my surprise and delight a few months ago when I found out I got in!

I just got emailed the postcard for the show, and almost pinched myself to see my name in print with these amazing artists (heck, Kristen Kieffer was one of the demonstrating artists at NCECA last year, and Trey Hill is a professor at one of the school’s I’m applying to!).

Here it is in all it’s glory:

Beyond the Brickyard, 2014 (that's my flower brick at the bottom in the middle!)

Beyond the Brickyard, 2014 (that’s my flower brick at the bottom in the middle!)

New Years Resolution

For the past several years, my only New Years Resolution has been to floss more. Not really earth shattering I know, but on the other hand, I tend to be able to actually keep it. However this year, I’ve decided to throw another one into the mix: use my own pots.

Maybe it’s that I’m always eager to sell my work and so don’t often keep any of it for myself, but I rarely ever use my own pots. Seeing as my artist statement is all about how I want to make pots that bring joy to people’s daily lives, I figured I had better start actually using some of them to see how they hold up. Plus, there are few things worse as a maker than making a beautiful pot, only to discover upon actually using it, that it just doesn’t work very well.

So, here’s to actually using my work, and hopefully learning a bit about it in the process.

Mug by Naomi Clement, 2013

Mug at work

Hello 2014

Happy New Year all!

I’ve never been one for horoscopes, but I’m hoping that my 2014 one from is right:

“To say that 2014 promises to go down as a career year for you to remember is no exaggeration, Capricorn. You’ve been working your tail off the past few years with Pluto and Saturn pushing you past any remaining comfort zones — and the rewards are just beginning to peak. Plus, with Mars pushing you hard for the entire first half of 2014, there’ll be no rest for the weary. But not to worry because you’re at your best — and often happiest — whilst being an industrious little goat. Achievement is incredibly fulfilling, and this year the planets are bringing you ample opportunities to excel.”

I suppose that they make these things general enough so that you can read into it what you will, but it does seem pretty apt (not to mention welcome), so I’m going to go with it. 2013 was a year of a lot of change, hard work and new beginnings for me, so it would be nice if it all started coming together and solidified into something tangible in 2014…

Here’s hoping.