I had a most interesting conversation with my mom yesterday.  We were looking at Grant Diffendaffer’s new book and got to talking about where I want to go with my art.  Then today I get up and check my blogs and find this post on Artrepeneur.  Judy is talking about this idea she has that won’t go away.  This huge amazing complicated feels-like-its-impossible dream that she has.  That’s what I have.

I want to be a “big name” in the polyclay world.  A heavyweight.  I want to be one of those artists we look at and wish we were them and could do what they do.

Grant Diffendaffer and those who are featured in the gallery in the back of his book are those people.  They’ve taken polymer clay and pushed it’s boundries.  They’ve stepped outside the box – some of them are just outside it and others are 1000 miles away from it.  And even more amazing is that each one has pushed a different boundry.  I want to do this.  I just need to find my section of the boundry to push.

It’s not something I can rush.  It will happen when it happens but I need to keep working for it.  My biggest problem (and yet the biggest reason I love polymer clay) is my need for instant gratification.  I make a bead in just a few minutes and it’s done.  I shy away from ideas that require multiple bakings, intensive sanding or processes that take more than a few minutes.  I must get over that at least part of the time.  There is nothing wrong with making instant gratification beads and some of them can be quite amazing to look at.  But I need to spend some of my time on ideas that take time, require me to think and plan, etc.

 I know that I like rich jeweltones and metallics and that is something I’m known for.  I have trouble selling beads that are pastels.  People don’t expect or want that from me.  I like an organic look – like the bead is from deep in the ocean, a plant, an animal, some other planet or a fossil.  Straight lines don’t appeal to me.  I like curves, waves, flowing patterns.

Now I just have to take those things I like and put them together into something different from what I or anyone has seen before.  I’m getting there.  I sometimes have flashes of what I’m striving for.  As long as I keep trying, keep working towards it, I’ll get there.

I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Published in: on January 27, 2008 at 10:14 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Dystini – I think the best way to become a big name in anything is to simply pursue what makes you happy. I doubt that many of the “big names” in polymer clay started out with that aim.

    It’s more like “if you build it, they will come”

    That’s my opinion, of course. Half of me wants to be recognized, the other half wants to camp out in a cabin hidden deep in the woods and never come out 😉

    I had a watercolor instructor in college who became well known and whose paintings were hung in art galleries and museums. He never planned on being well known and recognized, in fact he was a fairly quiet, reserved kind of guy. He had a friend who wanted desperately to be recognized in the same way. Never happened.

    good luck!!

  2. I know what you mean.

    I’m not exactly “trying” to become known (I’ve got very little control over that anyway) but I am keeping that goal in mind and trying to push myself to do better. The better I become, the better my odds are to be known.

    And that’s exactly what those “big names” did. They pushed themselves to do better work and the recognition came as a result.


  3. exactly. 🙂

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