Sooooo. It looks like I haven't blogged here in, oh, three months? That's embarrassing.
How about a recap of my Fall:
1) I stocked all my wholesalers for Christmas.
3) I got accepted into an intense, two-month-long writing contest called Pitch Wars.
4) I had the totally amazing privilege of teaching art to teens.
(Apparently I really like using my hands when I talk??)
It's true. By the time December rolled around, I crashed and burned. I dreaded being in the studio, and when I got myself there, I pretty much spent the whole time crying.
The reason? I did seven major shows last year, and it was too much. Shows take a lot of work. A lot of work. To be perfectly honest, when you factor in all the time it takes to do a show (making enough pots to fill a booth, packing all those pots, driving to the show, setting up, standing and selling for 8-12 hours a day multiple days in a row, packing everything back up, taking down your booth, driving back home, unpacking everything and putting it all away...) it often doesn't pan out. The money you make very often doesn't equal the amount of work you put in.
And doing shows over and over again without them being worth it? It's more than exhausting; it sucks away your creative energy.
Which is what happened to me.
So. To ensure this doesn't happen again in 2016:
1) I'm being very selective of the shows I do this year. I've given myself a limit of three shows MAX.
2) Since I loved teaching so much, I'm looking for more teaching opportunities (and I'll be teaching alongside Jaci Ryan in the Clay & Glass Gallery's art4teens program this Winter).
4) I'm letting myself play for play's sake.
How are you going easy on yourself this year?