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Fragments of a Creative Life

I checked in with my heart, took a deep breath and saw my heartbeats in what I chose to work on. 

 

I find myself drawn to laying bits and pieces of things, maybe even broken into a plant pot atop the soil.

I find myself drawn to laying bits and pieces of things, maybe even broken into a plant pot atop the soil.

Fragments of a creative life.  Of my creative life, may look like a few house plants in clay pots and bowls I made myself.  But not without shells, maybe a brick shard, smooth stones or a bee marked clay bead I made.  

A three-footed plant pot I made. I inscribed on the white underglaze in my doodle style. That technique is called Sgraffito.

A three-footed plant pot I made. I inscribed on the white underglaze in my doodle style. That technique is called Sgraffito.

 I have always enjoyed collecting things, even as a child. But, recently I have uncovered about myself how many collections I have, as well as the various sizes of my collections. One serious collection I have is all about the bees! Other larger collections - shells, pens and other marking materials, old jewelry. Smaller collections - succulents, old hymnals, old bibles, old tools, glass jars, stamps, and marbles.

 

Bright paintings I did several years ago hang on the side of one of my set of drawers. Maybe I have a cross collection also?

Bright paintings I did several years ago hang on the side of one of my set of drawers. Maybe I have a cross collection also?

I love small things. Stepping into my studio inspires me when they are laid out for me to see all the colors and feel the textures.

I love small things. Stepping into my studio inspires me when they are laid out for me to see all the colors and feel the textures.

A small collection of feathers and shells is necessary, it seems for my creative life.

My first hand cut copper cross I have made.

My first hand cut copper cross I have made.

My creative life seems to thrive on seeing earlier work. It sets the stage for new work to find its way into being.

My jewelry area is still a work in progress. I tend to stop cleaning when I find a bead that catches my eye.

My jewelry area is still a work in progress. I tend to stop cleaning when I find a bead that catches my eye.

Old paintings that were stored now dawn my studio walls. It feels good, so good to give them a space all their own. Having a creative life is tracking the creative path you took to get where you are today. These paintings do just that for me.

A clay bead I made and hand painted. It finally found a home on this beautiful silver chain.

A clay bead I made and hand painted. It finally found a home on this beautiful silver chain.

A creative life is not compartmentalized. Each section dissects another. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

My latest raku cross necklace with moss agate beads. And just like my potted plants, I tend to add small things to my jewelry work also. For example, these smaller clay beads to the cross.

My latest raku cross necklace with moss agate beads. And just like my potted plants, I tend to add small things to my jewelry work also. For example, these smaller clay beads to the cross.

A creative life, or at least mine, is filled with exploration and experimentation. Sure failure happens, but I am learning more and more to be thankful for those times of failure and what they teach me.

My first ever platter using a monoprinting on clay technique. Special thank you to Marsha Rogers at Back porch clay studio for her mentorship.

My first ever platter using a monoprinting on clay technique. Special thank you to Marsha Rogers at Back porch clay studio for her mentorship.

I live my creative live excited to explore something new to me every chance I get. Oh and I forgot to mention I seem to collect art technique books also!

A few of my newest necklaces.

A few of my newest necklaces.

This creative life is not a perfect one. Sometimes I am plagued with self doubt, perfectionism or needing to purge. But I am a lifelong learner and find curiosity is my closest confidant. She is always asking questions!

Handmade clay heart. Also, a monoprint on clay technique.

Handmade clay heart. Also, a monoprint on clay technique.

Once can’t have a creative life like this without some serious love and support from friends and family. I am thankful for each of you and how delightful you make my creative life. Thank you.

Building this creative life, one experience at a time~

Hannah

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