Not to wish October away or anything, but I am eagerly awaiting the first week of November, when a big heavy box filled with copies of this little gem will land on my doorstep. It’s funny (or maybe it’s sad, given that I own a polymer clay book store), but this is the first clay book that I’ve really looked forward to in a long, long time.
I’ve been content with my clay skills for the last few years at least. I’ve found my niche in millefiori, and I don’t have any interest in learning how to do anything else at this point. That’s not to say that my workmanship can’t be improved in some ways, but in terms of learning new techniques? No thanks. I’m good.
I think that there is something to be said for the thrill of picking up a new skill. Polymer clay was the source of that thrill for me for many years. I experimented a long time before I landed where I am. And where, exactly am I? Well, I’m at a place where I know how to do everything that I want to do, and while I still enjoy doing it, I’m not driven to soak up every new book to cross my desk anymore. In fact, I barely crack the binding on most of them these days.
I’d blame it on the fact that I’ve been distracted and utterly captivated with the host of new possibilities my sewing machine represents, but I think my clay complacency came before the fabric addiction. Sewing was just in the right place at the right time to pick up the slack.
At this point, I’m finding my two artsy interests very much intertwined. I rarely sew something that can’t be embellished with a custom button, and I rarely make a piece of clay jewelry without thinking about how nicely it will coordinate with a handmade skirt. But the thrill of picking up a new skill? That’s about 90% sewing-based for me right now, and why it’s worth noting when I get jazzed about a clay book!
So what about you? Do your creative passions ebb and flow? or do you find yourself completely immersed in one thing for many years until you reach a saturation point and must look to a different craft to satisfy the urge to do something new (like me)? Do you even feel that urge? or do you enjoy a comfortable place of knowing how to do one thing and do it well?