From The Other Side Of The Firth

Today I’ve been rather glum. This bunch of flowers from Anne Rodgers of Alsager Pottery in Stoke, really cheered my mood. What a lovely lady, and it was such a pleasure to meet the pair of you, thank you so much for taking the time to come and find me, come by any time you like. See you at Potfest!

I spent friday and saturday just over the other side of the Solway Firth to deliver pots to the Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth and to be at the reopening of the place on friday evening. Now I don’t want this to turn into a rant but I’ve been to a few private views of exhibitions in which my work has been included. I’m someone who finds it not particularly easy to be in busy places with lots of people who I don’t know and to be able to just start to talk about my pots. I find so often at these things that really I am just in the way. I’ve been at ones where the painters have been being introduced to the visitors but the two potters present were frankly being ignored by the members of staff at the gallery and not even said hello to (I believe that gallery is in fact now shut). I know it can be busy at these things and I know that in general you can make a heck of a lot more money selling a painting than you can a pot but you know, politeness costs nothing.

This opening was somewhat different to the sort of situation above. Christine and Steve Swallow appeared genuinely thrilled that Paul Young and Doug Fitch and myself had made the effort to be there and we felt very welcomed and part of the whole event. Thank you for that, it means a lot! It was lovely to be able to share this special occasion with you and Steve that suit was just brilliant, I love it.

On Friday we spent most of the day on the beach, looking at stones, collecting bits of pottery and in my case getting a little sun burnt, I’m usually so careful but I think being so unused to sun this year I had forgotten.

I’m back in that oh my goodness nothing I make is good enough, I am never organised enough, I don’t get all the things done that need doing, I am letting people down by not doing everything I said I would do, frame of mind again. I know that I have made some great pots recently, I am fairly organised, I can only do what I can do, and I only let people down if I have absolutly no other option but you know it’s that old two sides of the brain thing, one side is sensible, one is yuck.

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5 Responses to From The Other Side Of The Firth

  1. Susan says:

    I hit that on Saturday evening. I’d sold very little, and was really wondering what I was doing.
    Chatted with my gorgeous Andrew and that helped, and then a good nights sleep helped too. Woke up with the view that it did not really matter how much I sold, it’s part of learning my trade. That morning I made a lovely sale, a birthday present for a young ladys Mother.

  2. gz says:

    you just have to believe in yourself- I’m only just learning!!

  3. Tracey says:

    I know…………..

  4. Meredith says:

    read a book and have a cup of tea and wait until the brain goes running back to clay.

  5. Dixie Nichols says:

    Hannah I am convinced all you are hitting is the natural pattern of creative people: a burst of focus, ideas, enjoyment, then a dip: doubt, boredom then the clockwork resets and off you go again.
    The trick is go with the flow, only do the absolute essentials of the day when you are low, no pushing yourself as its a time of mistakes and under performance, the best thing is not to work and not to feel guilty and you will find you reset much more quickly.
    Recognise the duvet day, or even days, enjoy it and dont let it seep into your attutude by trying to fight through. Its like fighting a bad cold, it just extends its duration.

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