So today I'm thinking. . .

Well the sun is still shining and I’m still a long way from home. It’s hard being away for so long, and twice in close succession isn’t at all good. I am enjoying spending time with Paul Young and of course seeing my friends last weekend and hopefully this weekend too is great. Yesterday I was feeling on top of the world, shattered but happy, today not so. I’ve been thinking too much, I think that’s the problem, time off from doing doing doing to be thinking thinking thinking. I am finding this year pretty tough, I expected it to not be easy what with all the doom and gloom that is being plastered about all over the place by the doom and gloom merchants of this world. Today I have been wondering about all the different events and shows and exhibitions that I apply for and the success rate or not as the case may be. I think I need an overhaul of the way I go about applying for things and thinking about applications and maybe even the sort of things that I apply for. I’m thinking a little bit about the show this weekend, where I am exhibiting but just on a small portion of a shared stand with the Northern Potters Association. For me it is important as I think it is a great event to be seen at even in that small portion but how do I get into a place in my work where I can be good enough to be able to accepted for a whole stand? When will I feel like a real potter? Six years and a half or there abouts I’ve been self employed now and I feel like I should know just where I am aiming for and what I want to do but I’m a bit confused and maybe I’m trying to do too many things actually. Who knows?

Anyway tomorrow sees me driving up to Nottinghamshire to Rufford Country Park to Earth and Fire. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there. I’ll be the one looking confused and befuddled in a corner probably but you never know, tomorrow is another day and the way my head space swings about at the moment anything could happen.
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7 Responses to So today I'm thinking. . .

  1. Anna says:

    I have to say I follow your blog daily and your work is amazing. Dont forget to look back at how far you have come! I have been throwing pots for 3 years now and though I dont have to depend on my income I struggle with what feels like (?) my own style…as well as with whether I feel competative enough for shows. I am delighted by your work everyday. You can ask Dan Finnegan, since when he is in the studio at LibertyTown I often mention you! Dont let the thinking get you down!!!! Just keep up the great work. :)

  2. Linda B says:

    Don't worry Hannah, just keep applying to all the shows and they'll eventually give you a whole stand -I apply for everything every year and still don't get into some shows after 7 years. I think there are just too any potters, yuou have to find your own niche.

  3. Sometimes you get into shows, sometimes you don't. There's no particular logic to it … and believe me, Hannah, it has nothing to do with the quality of your work. Which is marvelous. Put your head down and make pots, apply to the shows you want to be part of and it will eventually come to you. Honestly, you're too good to worry about that stuff.

  4. And I believe I recognize The Old Forge in Conderton in that lower photo.

  5. You make pots (wonderful pots) so you are "A potter". Don't worry about it, don't try and intelectualise pots, just enjoy doing what you do and keep being yourself it will be fine. I'm really looking forward to seeing your first work from a wood fired kiln.

  6. paul jessop says:

    Some times when you are away from the workshop for long periods of time it feels like your'e not being a potter, but that's not the case at all. potting in the 21st Century is about so much more.Musician's dont spend all the time in the recording studio. and artist's dont sit in front of the canvas 24/7.Just be you and do what you like doing best, that's the only way to make it as you want to make it. if that makes any sense.

  7. grimmo says:

    Hannah, you think you are confused? Three Potters and only two bikes! Now who's confused?Best wishes.Matts Dad.

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