In an attempt to hide away from the shit, I have spent a good chunk of every day for the last week and a half playing with clay. It has been a blissful glorious escape with a bonus of time spent practicing skills and developing new ones. I have focused so far on wheel throwing, trying out new shapes and sizes and working in two different clay bodies. I have had to do a lot of laundry because of it, but I see that as a great trade!
The next phase is to glaze the work I have made and then dive into some more sculptural work that will hopefully connect to my Endangered Species series. I also have a few Zoo and Aquarium trips coming up in the next couple of months so that I can do some research with people who actually do the conservation work and work with endangered animals. I am excited to see what I can learn!
Sabbatical has been interesting so far. It's been weird not to be teaching and I feel a bit lost when I think about what I might be missing, but at the same time I love the freedom I have to sleep in when I want, stay up late working on art when I want and not have to deal with the less than awesome parts of the job. (meetings! I don't have to go to any meetings!!! YAY!!!!)
Tomorrow I am going to sleep in a bit, then get some lunch and go back to the clay.... happiness is found in MUD!!!