Last year was quite nuts…the usual story of too many hats (but they were all such fun to wear).
• Exhibit of Porkies artwork at Grove Gallery
• 4 10-week ceramics classes at the Potter’s Guild of Greater Lansing, working toward applying to be a Visiting Potter, so that I can learn much much more
• First chance to include bowls in Empty Bowls, something I’ve always wanted to do
• Several pieces in “On the Edge”, a members exhibit at Grove Gallery
• Teaching at Interlochen in summer and fall
• Entry in Art Prize (interesting to do, but would not do again)
• Marketing and finances for Grove Gallery
• Creation of countless items for various galleries and holiday shows
• Illustration assignments
• Teaching and creating a new course in the College of Communication Arts at MSU
As I write this incomplete list I no longer wonder why I was whipped and stressed a lot, (though excited and content).
What I learned last year was that I can keep up with that schedule, so I don’t have to worry about whether it’s possible. Next year will be equally busy, but I’m working to streamline things…make the hats at least go together. I hope to remember to just stay calm, so as not to pull energy from the tasks at hand.
There are three main priorities:
• Teach my MSU class, honing it to make it better and creating an on-line version for summer terms (I think I’ll relax a LOT once that has been developed…it’s the unknowns there that make me nervous)
• Continue at the Potter’s Guild with as much participation as I am allowed
• Continue work on pieces for a January of 2018 Lansing Art Gallery exhibit with Deb Cholewicki
The rest will fall into place around these.
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have too much on my plate. I’d rather be busy than bored. Still, I want this whole year to be working toward what matters most and brings the most satisfaction…for me and in light of doing some sort of good. It’s a perpetual balancing act and learning curve.
All I know is that I’m really looking forward to this year and all the creative opportunities it promises.