When the weather is as nice as it has been today I just have to immerse myself in it. So, I made a little make shift studio of two small tables, a slab of wood, and some old canvas. This set up that allowed me to be surrounded by nature during the working process. If I had access to do that all the time I would feel rather spoiled! Something feels so honest about engaging with a natural medium in a natural environment.
Today's focus has been working with clay by creating some kind of form of base to incorporate the basket weaving into. My approach is to develop a variety of bases through clay body, form, shape, glaze application, and firing methods. Having a range of selection to choose from will help determine what feels right and what works.
There has also been something on my mind that I would like to share and hopefully offer up some encouragement. As an art major it is crucial to make work and is stressed by superiors to dedicate yourself to the studio. Well, here's some food for thought. The studio does not have to be located in the basement of an Arts building, in your apartment (God forbid your bedroom), or even outside on some small tables to work, like what I did today. The take away on what has been advised to me is that the studio space is not just an actual physical space where you create work (although having a space to work is vital as an artist). Studio space or even studio practice has everything to do with your mindset. Who's to say that thinking, researching, or even meditating on art is not part of building a studio practice. clocking in and clocking out does not have to be an entirely a physical concept. Clocking in to work could be saying to yourself "I'm going to think about art for the next blank amount of hours. Taking time to read, write, sketch, blog, and/or talk about art is a part of my studio practice that is a consistent renewal of energy for the physical process of making art. Hopefully other people are able to connect to this and if not maybe I have given something for you to think about.