OCD: obsessive compulsive drawing

gecko teapot detailssometimes when decorating a piece and not really in the mood , or the hand just isn’t right i sit back and imagine if the piece i am making is something that i would keep and not sell and this gets me into my o.c.d. mode of obsessive compulsive drawing and decorating on pieces which i would otherwise put aside. i imagine that  it is better to over work and decorate a pieces with details, that i can only see that maybe others might not notice. details sometime, so minute and meticulous , that my eyes get tired and i have to take a walk away from the piece to re-focus and rest for a few minutes.

case in point, is the photo of the teapot which i am working on (above).

my main intent was to create a show stopper and make patrons and potters alike, look at it and be in awe of the amount of detail work going into this piece. my creative O.C.D.-ing helps me bring out the best of efforts for my creative endeavors and make my followers realize that yes, i actually paint these piece one by one and no, i do not make many of them,  by the standards of other potters, but my aim is to give a higher quality of works of illustration and handmade ceramics fusion of creative energies that sets my work apart from the rest. i often find myself asking a price per minute of how many minutes did this take me to do? and is the money enough for these endeavors to continue to maintain my livelihood as a creative spirit?   this is a continual mind game we all play when pricing our work and is always on the minds of creative souls.

what is all this work worth? and does the price point of a piece constitute the mores of working and maintaining ourselves from our art…… profound thought on ideals, and where we see ourselves in the niche of creatives  at home, online, in galleries, here and abroad…..questions that i still ponder and cannot answer….. i know that there is a magnitude of mediocre everywhere and that the local artisans strive to make an imprint on the market by differentiating from many brands produced abroad mostly (PRC) which now seem all the same and undistinguished or ordinary for the mass market.

my creative o.c.d.-ing will set apart from the pack of mediocre and strive to attain the main point of my ceramics and illustrations: work that is well made by my hands and o.c.d.-ed by my decorating skills to leave a strong  reminder that yes , there are some of us out there can stand by the quality of our work and command the prices we want in order to continue to re- create…..what’s you view on this topic? and where do you see yourself fitting in?

holiday market at del ray artisans

2015 Holiday Market front

once again, it is that time of year, where the holiday shows,craft fairs and all the holiday sales come around. i wanted to promote the digital postcard of the del ray artisans holiday show and sale on the three weekends cited above in december from fridays to sundays of december 2015. an assortment of artisan of handmade items and gifts for the holiday season. i am slotted to take part the 3rd weekend of december from december 18th- 20th before christmas. i try to make an effort to buy local and support the artists community in and around the places where i work and live and believe it gives our patrons a chance to look and touch the things that we have made and to sometimes get good input and feedback  from those that appreciate our creative energies.  for more info check out the website for address and times of the artisans and weekends they will have there time in the gallery: www.thedelrayartisans.org.

hope all my followers and friends will come and see the new artistic endeavors that i have been preparing for this show.

remember december 18th-20th del ray artisans gallery:

2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301 telephone (703) 838-4827

collaborations with others

UG dogtags

hello again,wanted to post a artistic collaboration with another artist, kim joy,stain glass artist  and i have been collaborating together for some time now by trying to bring the expertise of two disciplines together to create new and exciting projects and products for our upcoming holiday show in december 2015. i wanted to create a line of unisex collection of jewelry with the use of ceramics while mixing it with another element that would continue with my line of bo-ho chic accessories that were sort of carefree and reminded me of military dog tags with a twist. (above) i snapped a pic of the initial pieces put together in collaboration with kim, and have yet to finish them completely. i need to add some element of antique trade beads or ethnic charms to give them that peculiar boho vibe. they will be on sale at the del ray artisans holiday market during a particular weekend in december. stay tuned in for more info on exact place n time. my aim is to make a series of well made, but affordable gifts for the holidays that are geared to the unisex side of accessories. great for guys and girls alike. to mix and switch out for a unique handmade  present for the holidays. next blog, will be talk about the line of antique trade beads that i have been making while watching the sports channel working late into the night . boho still, but with a higher price point……stay tuned 4 more