I've been trying to do it all and over-doing it in the process. I've come down with some sort of flu with stomach virus. Severe stomach bugs will prevent you from doing anything! All you are able to do is curl up in a ball clutching your tummy and groan. Your closest aquaintance is the bathroom floor. Awful!
I'm not entirely surprised. I'm working part-time at the DesignSourceCT three days a week and then the other days I spend in the studio, pressuring myself to get bunny vessels done by easter or another collection done beofre my next show. Somewhere in there I try to have a little bit of a life and do something with family and friends.
I thought this new schedule would be completely manageable but I am short on studio time and it's going to be difficult to get inventory up for my spring / summer / fall shows. sigh. But there was nothing I could do at all yesterday and I need to keep resting. Eh, whattareya gonna do?
What AM I going to do? I hear my pottery guru, John Macomber, saying "This isn't a part-time job, Dave". It's true. It's easy to spend 10-12 hours a day in the studio and only produce enough pottery to make a small supplemental income. This is part of the reason why I took the part-time job...for more supplemental income. I am mostly being paid in experience right now. The DesignSourceCT is a wonderful design environment, I'm interacting with terrific people (and designers) which I am good at and don't have much opportunity to do working alone in my studio all day. I am exposed to wonderful designs and inspring fabrics that influence my pottery work. Overall its just good to dressed and get out. But it is definitely a trade off and has slowed down my evolution of being full-time successful design potter. Everything was happening very quickly for me and now i am applying the brakes. I'm going to do what I am humanly capable of doing and try NOT to overdo it. In a couple of months re-evaluate my scheduling and my plans. I really like being part of DesignSource. I'm hoping for lots of raises and no promotions. I don't want anything
Anyway, I threw some pots over the weekend and rolled out some slab dishes and olive oil bottles. I HAVE to get into the studio for a bit today (sick or not) or everything is going to dry out on me but i still feel blah. C'est dommage, non? (it's too bad)