That was really strange. I just lost my whole post again, which is probably a good thing because it was pretty disjointed and rambling. I just wanted to let you know that mojo came home. Or at least it feels like he did. I can’t wait to open the kiln and see what he did. It’s flashing 144 degrees at me but I know better than to open it before room temperature. If a few months that will be room temperature. It was supposed to hit 89 degrees here today but it only got to high 70s I think.
Anyway, have I told you lately that I love Lauscha glass? I haven’t done much with these new color of the month colors but I finally got around to messing with the striking orange and yellow transparents and, as my mom has the kids saying in their best Rachael Ray voices, Yumm-O…and I’m not a Yumm-O kind of gal. It’s amazing how satisfying the color orange can be when you find a really really really, and I mean really, nice one. I’ll show you tomorrow.
Do I seem excited enough? Well, it’s about time because I was seriously starting to worry. Now I can’t wait to get to the refining process. It’s such a strange cycle for me. Here’s how my creative process goes:
1. I’m lost. No designs. Lots of ideas lost in translation.
2. I play and create a lot of garbage. What seemed like a good idea just doesn’t happen.
3. I start to worry when my work continues to be garbage. It just gets worse and worse and I wish I lived in a tall building so I could throw them all out the window. Maybe I’ll start doing that anyway.
4. Panic. I’ll never have anything new and worthwhile again. I’m doomed. I’ll never make it.
5. I contemplate going back to my most recent style but I just can’t.
6. I go back to basics…whatever that is.
7. I get a great idea and feel really good about it.
8. I open the kiln the next day and it’s AWFUL. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
9. Something starts to take shape and I make some cool, but rough and raw designs.
10. I start to refine the designs into something cool. More ideas come.
11. I get them where I want them and go into production. The new line is born.
12. I do a cycle of shows with the designs…some of the beads even inspire jewelry.
13. Shows are over and I’m tired of looking at the most current designs.
14. Take a week off and start at #1.
15. Remind myself, I love making stuff for a living. I love making stuff for a living. I love making stuff for a living.