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Keeping Creative

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Trying to remain focused and motivated to create can be hard at times. I am finding that I have to dig deep to find that inner drive, to switch off the news and the distracting thoughts to spend time in my sketchbook, as I know it will serve my health well if I do. If you are experiencing similar difficulties I wanted to share some pointers that I have used to overcome these blocks:

Release those social media binds

Taking time off social media. Social media experts talk about how important it is to post regularly and to have a consistent theme, which I tried and can admit found quite exhausting. Then I listened to a You Tube video by Ergo Josh who gave a really good reason about not posting regularly and how it can make us Artists too focused on likes. He advised taking break and enjoying the process. Making for makings sake. I liked his advice and thought it was a refreshing change and that I would give it a go. The result was so liberating. I personally did not even realise that the regular posting was stifling my output as my subconscious was considering if what I was making would fit in with my social media feed. The video can be found here

Artists on Instagram…This is Important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijv8jSJc33E&t=608s

With this new mindset I experimented in my sketchbook, feeling safe in the knowledge that what I did never had to be seen. It resulted in trying new techniques, materials and really enjoying the process. It was like returning to Art School, and I still have not returned to my social media with regular feeds, that was 3 months ago.

Personally I really recommend taking a break from social media occasionally and giving yourself some time to play, experiment without the constraints of thinking it has to be shared. The result can be some new ways of working and fun trying out new processes.

Committing to regular daily practice

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Block out a regular time to create, it may be for just 5 minutes, but just committing to spending time each day is really good to form new routines and habits.

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Great British Slipware Potters Exhibition

The Contemporary Ceramics Centre in London has a new exhibition that I am very much wanting to see and thought I would share. Its title ‘Be Suprised by Slip’ and features pottery by Dylan Bowen, Doug Fitch and Nigel Lambert, all up there very much respected potters that produce great work.

The Contemporary Ceramics Centre in London has a new exhibition that I am very much wanting to see and thought I would share. Its title ‘Be Suprised by Slip’ and features pottery by Dylan Bowen, Doug Fitch and Nigel Lambert, all up there very much respected potters that produce great work.

Opens 25th July to 17th August 2019. The Contemporary Ceramics invite boasts:
‘ Dylan, Doug and Nigel are among the most beloved – and longstanding – ceramists working in slip today, each drawing inspiration from the rural settings of their workshops in Oxfordshire, Galloway and Gloucestershire, respectively. Come see how these makers use common methods to create such vibrantly diverse results’.

I have visited Dylans workshop as he is in the my neighbouring county and I am a very proud owner of one of his plates. The vibrancy and energy conveyed through the slip makes for a very exciting piece of pottery.

Do make time in your diary to visit.

Contemporary Ceramics
63 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BF
Entry is free

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Middleport Pottery

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Middleport Pottery is a Victorian working pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. The building is a beautiful Grade II red brick building that spans a whole street. The building almost fell into disrepair until The Princes Regeneration Trust purchased the site in 2010. The trust saved the building, saved jobs and regenerated the local area. It is a truly wonderful place to visit.

Historically Middleport is famous for being home to Burleighware since 1889. Burleigh produces functional pottery by hand but on a large-scale, it reports each piece is touched by 25 highly skilled pairs of hands before completion. Quite astounding in this day and age.

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