Tom ~ aged 11 years
So when you're confronted with an enthusiasm like that, what can you say other than...'Of course that's possible Tom!'
I must admit, offering pottery tuition always keeps you on your toes. I freely advertise that I like to help people realise any craft project in their mind...I just wasn't expected such a challenging project from an enthusiastic 8 year old!
Tom was a breathe of fresh air to work with right from the start. A young man who clearly has aspirations and clear ideas about what he wants to achieve, with high standards too! So, on the 18th November 2017 we got to work on Tom's 'Froggy Project'.
Over the two weeks Tom learnt 3 ceramic techniques, namely slab building, coiling and modelling. He experienced how clay transforms from raw mud like clay, to leather hard clay (semi-dry with some plasticity, great for fine tuning), air dry (brittle) clay; bisque fired clay cooked to 1060 degrees in my kiln; to the final ceramic form we are used to seeing in shops, robust and beautifully glazed. Now, if that's not an intensive 3 hours of creative play I don't know what is!
Look at the journey below!
Clay is an amazingly therapeutic material. Because it is so tactile it requires us to use many senses at the same time, focusing the mind and releasing all the thoughts and stresses of the day. You've heard people talk about being in the 'present moment'? Well for many, creating is indeed a form of meditation and especially wonderful because you end up actually producing something physical at the end of it too! Something you have created with your own hands!
If you are interested in learning how to create with clay or make a project become a reality then contact me and I can arrange sessions tailored specifically to your needs. Sessions are £30 per hour with kiln firings £5 each. I can instruct and guide you on many different techniques, combining them to make something beautifully unique and made by your own hands! Just think, if Tom aged 8 years can produce this amazing piece, what could you be capable of?!
There's only one way to find out...
Here's to a creative and inspiring 2018!
Setting the intention is as important as the first brush stroke
As with all things in life, we should start as we mean to go on; we should set goals; orientate ourselves with where we want to be and set a clear intention. This is what we read in business strategy literature and also in personal development books.
It may seem old hat to you or even a little ‘touchy feely’. BUT, the reality is if we prime our minds with a clear visual picture of what we want to achieve ahead of time then we give ourselves a higher chance of success.
Even the athlete who has trained for months in preparation will visualise their pole vault or javelin throw just before performing. They know by imagining the movement in their mind they actually build stronger synapse links in their brain which bridge the gap between what could be and what will happen…they prime current reality with a footprint of what WILL be. The success of this depends on self belief of course…and there lies the challenge!
So how does this translate into the creation of art? Well I feel art is literally a visual representation of the emotive projection within us; so if I am wanting to create and conjure a response in the viewer I have to feel this emotion myself and embody it in order to project it onto the canvas. Now some, will copy without this emotive preparation and still attain a technically sound piece of art. BUT, to really soak the pigments of paint with emotion and allow that to transmit to others it needs to be primed and directed from it’s creator in the first instance.
My own preparation starts with choosing a subject matter which is ‘close to my heart’. If I intend on projecting emotion it needs to hold a strong connection for me also. This is part of the reason I chose to paint dancers for the genre of ‘Passion’. I have always loved the vitality and freedom of dance and how it can change ones’ demeanour and increase ones’ vitality. I knew I would enjoy photographing salsa dancers because of the passion and expressive zest with which they move. This also complimented the emotion of passion which lets face it, most of us have experienced at some point in our lives and probably wish to connect with much more often !
My holistic training has given me a good understanding of how energy can be projected and transformed and so I use my five senses to immerse myself in the genre. I will visualise how I want the painting to look before I start, I will study the photograph I have taken and decide what elements I want to enhance or change. I will use my colour pallet and brush stokes to mimic movement and while doing this use intention to set the emotional goal. I will listen to music which is complimentary to the genre and also burn essence to fill the room with aroma. So sight, sound, touch, and smell all play an important role in preparation.
A painting will also take on the emotional state I am in and so I am mindful of being present and within the capability of transmitting the right intention through my marks. If you look carefully not just with sight, but with feeling, you can see changes in temperament through the series of paintings at the exhibition, and I’m sure this is due to my own emotional projection so they are indeed a part of me and my world.
The message one of my paintings projects will be taken by a viewer and transformed by their own experience or interpretation so this is where the magic begins because everyone has their own story to tell…I hope that you enjoy using my work as a conduit for your own emotive potential!
This is how my work is born and how it is set free on it’s journey, for you to take and interpret, and transform into your own wonderful reality…
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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