parties

Wow! I’ve been super busy lately, so sorry for not getting back to my blog sooner. Reaching1 It has made me realise that my restless creative soul thrives on the variety of creative activities I work in.  I’ve been making new work ready for exhibition during Cambridge Open Studios (always great to have a reason to prioritise making new work), making a commission and designing a mural for a possible school commission, teaching my regular classes, hosted lots of crafty parties in both clay and crafts as well as lots of face painting events…and I’m looking to do some training in henna painting too!  I’m exhausted but happy 🙂  I can’t imagine having a job where I did the same thing all the time.  For me that just wouldn’t work, although I know it’s perfect for others.

I think it’s technically called a portfolio career where you work across a range of skills (making, teaching, event organising and face painting).  I know most of my creative friends tend to make/sell their work and do at least one other job. I think the principle driving force for this variety in most cases is finances although I’m sure most also enjoy the variety the same as me.  Having said this, I have a small niggling little voice that pops up now and again which says “don’t you want to be expert in something, just that one thing that everyone recognises you for?”  I believe I am good at lots of things and certainly am a confident ceramicist but am I expert?  Do I need to be?  Or is it just recognition I’m seeking, some official someone to say “This is great!”? I’m still pondering this but at the moment I am too busy to find the time to give it any more serious thought and enjoying being ‘good’ too much to worry 🙂

I’m loving the fact that in my little business I’ve been able to incorporate so much of what I love to do.  All that and fit it around having time to spend with my lively, lovable little girl.  Here’s to a fabulous future of creative fun and business!

It has been a fabulously busy time over the last couple of weeks, not least with lots of face painting!  It has been great to not only celebrate birthdays with some great little people but to be part of an amazing local fundraising event in my village of Longstanton celebrating St George’s Day.  I arrived straight from a party to be kept busy with a queue through the whole event and for an hour after the official finish time ;-). I think we were the last stall to clear away.

Face painting is quite a new skill in my range but I have to say I love it!  The mirror moment when people see their face after having it painted is priceless and very satisfying.  I love how you can completely change someone’s face, almost so you no longer see them but they become someone or something else completely, all with a little bit of paint and a few minutes.

I guess it’s a lot like clay in that the possibilities are endless!

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