My life with a ceramic artist: a mother’s perspective.
1. You always had a creative streak and were always coming up with ways to make things. I guess it first started with your gathering stuff to make art from our trash cans (I’m the twash girl!), then there was the “art” on the wall phase, then you made me little ceramic things in school, then there was the tape sculpture phase, then photography, then there was the collage on the wall phase (while you slept on the floor) and then . . .surprise!! you studied art at university!! So, it has been a constant in your life and mine.2. Then I got to thinking about funny things like: how I tell you things to make bc for sure they will sell – and they don’t. (moral: mom is not always right!), or how when I work the booth with you, I walk away so that you will make the sale (driving you crazy, but you have to admit it works!) Or, how I try to brag on you to your clients and all I manage to do is get all tongue-tied! Or how I help you “paint” your ceramics. Guess these are more about me than about you as an artist but you, as an artist, are always so patient to put up with my nonsense.3. Mostly, I just think of it as the grand adventure – what will she do next? What will interest her next? How will Christie put “her” creative mark on something that has already been done before (coffee mugs, ramen noodle pots, business card holders, etc)? It is sometimes a roller coaster, but it is always fun to watch you put your unique point of view and touches on common items. . . I mean, who in the world would have thought of making a Mary, and Joseph not only without faces but also without bodies???? Nobody but you!!I am so proud of you and always look forward to what direction you are going to head in next. You keep life interesting!
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