What do you think of Bob's new fish? I love it. I called dibs on the first batch. He's making a whole mess o' fishes that are small and cute! I am too slow and have nothing to present today, but will soon. We have been learning to set small stones for casting (like the eyes in the fish) and its a lot of fun. Of course I 'm thinking how cool it would be to make tiny crowns that favor plant forms, studded with jewels and tinkling with shimmery droplets, but we'll have to see if I can carve what I'm imagining! I can never start simply, I always want to make the most challenging things as first projects.
The past week I spent cleaning and organizing my space, attempting to get it ready for the next round of frenzied, creative bliss. Contrary to popular belief, creativity needs encouragement, and the right atmoshere is the best way to get started. I'm not a neat freak, but I like to have my tools ready at hand, my space clear and my materials free from dust. So, it takes some noodling before I'm good to go. Generally, I like to have little stations, or traveling studios to move around the house with me (right now my upstairs studio is like an oven, so I work at the kitchen table). Anyway, we're working hard on new pieces, gathered in the dining room, having a great time.