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Living for the Curiosity

Being a middle-aged adult and a beginner just doesn’t sound right. They don’t mesh. I am gathering when we get to be a certain age, we seem to fall into this category of being old. And being old means we know a great deal about life. Therefore, no beginners are allowed. This is how I feel some days. Maybe you feel it too?

I have found being a beginner in something is little tortuous and exhilarating. A lot of errors with a little trial. And if we stick to our curiosity long enough, we will forever have the experience to go on or maybe even live on.

I say all this to say, I am a beginner in many ways. I live for the curiosity it seems of exploring the medium, the process or the newness of whatever it may be that I am chasing to not be a beginner. I gravitate to learning and though being a beginner is not glamorous or even mostly pretty, I realize how much I build on those initial beginning steps. And as I look back, I can’t recall once where I regretted being a beginner.

A beginning that can be seen, worn and loved.

Monoprinting on clay is a technique I am still a beginner on. I truly love the time intensive process and the results. It adds another layer of surprise and leaves room for happy mistakes.

A small cookie cutter ready to begin cut out earrings on porcelain clay with black underglaze lines.

A small cookie cutter ready to begin cut out earrings on porcelain clay with black underglaze lines.

The newsprint being pulled up off the porcelain clay leaving the underglaze lines on the clay.

The newsprint being pulled up off the porcelain clay leaving the underglaze lines on the clay.

Porcelain clay cut and ready for the high fire wire.

Porcelain clay cut and ready for the high fire wire.

Raw porcelain looks gray before it is fired. These earrings have the high fired wire now and are ready for a bisque firing.

Raw porcelain looks gray before it is fired. These earrings have the high fired wire now and are ready for a bisque firing.

Thankful for what is left, never wasted.

Thankful for what is left, never wasted.

High fire wire with round nose pliers makes great loops for clay earrings.

High fire wire with round nose pliers makes great loops for clay earrings.

High fire clear and satin glazes atop and ready for the earwires.

High fire clear and satin glazes atop and ready for the earwires.

A beginner follows their curiosity doodle.

A beginner follows their curiosity doodle.

Earrings are all finished and listed in my etsy shop Lynndylan Designs.

At this time, I am moving on to another beginning, concrete I think. I would love to hear what is something you have or are planning to begin soon.

Building this creative life one experience at a time~

Hannah

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