That's the potter's dilemma...to be able to supply our homes with functional wares which are beautiful. Lately I'm only supplying my own home.
So if nothing is sellling for me, I have to think why. I won't lay all the cause upon economic marketplace reasons. After all, other potters are making sales.
So I go back to my inner cause...that which is the only thing I really have any control over. My own creative process.
Am I creating to sell? Perhaps not. I keep moving away from marketing mentality into "artistic" endeavors.
I could make more of the triple spiral labyrinths, as well as the Chartres Cathedral labyrinths. I could start carving and painting the mountain scenery again on the sides of vases, or on tile forms. I know these are things I can do.
But they aren't necessarily moving me forward into being a better artist.
So the question becomes, do I spend my time, my precious time that is limited in working in clay to only a certain number of hours, in making marketable items, or to stretching myself to do something that makes me feel wonderful, because I am trying to make something wonderful?
Yep, that's where I'm sitting right now.
What do you think?