Sunday, February 6, 2011

On overcoming....

...when life throws you lemons

...or in this case, well.....  A first stoneware firing....


Don't give up.....

Just plow through....






And even if you make just a little progress...

Things will improve.... maybe not at the pace that we want...

But, they will...





And some change is better than nothing at all....


What do you do when things get tough?

Sometimes I cry, but when that naturally subsides, I pick myself up and move forward.





15 comments:

SummersStudio said...

Oh, I have had parts of firings go like that. Kind of heart breaking. One of the things I like about what I do is that these little disasters present a challenge and opportunity to figure out how to do it better.

Riki Schumacher said...

You handled it soooo well! Yea, a few tears at times, but a wise instructor once told me "finish a mistake always, and do it quickly'! Amazing what great things I've turned out because of that. Riki

D'Arsie Manzella said...

I had to deal with a major mistake in mold making yesterday. I just focused on what I could save and how to make it work regardless. My love for my work and desire to see fruition drove me forward through the few tears, exhaustion and disappointment. I like your Oopsie Kiln Flowers!

mairedodd said...

take a huge deep breath, walk away for a bit to process and then return...

Barbara Lewis said...

OMG! I love this! And the vase of flowers ... superb!

Norma's Clay said...

I sometimes just take a deep breath.., close my eyes...,or maybe dance a bit then always keep going!

Indian Creek Studios said...

it is very theraputic to take a hammer to those little disasters, on pretense of getting your wires and rods back, but realy it is so good to wrap them up in news paper and hammer the crap out of it :-)
Your beads that are not in the disaster pictures are fabulous!

Melinda Orr said...

Lol...me too...sometimes I even throw things...but not too often....great post!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Plant art, very cool use of your mishap (is that what it would be called?) I have been having problems with my glass fusing. it's cloudy. I am trying to move on but the waste of time and materials stinks so I have a good pout about it and put them in a pretty glass bowl and move on.
Thanks for sharing it helps other sknow we are not alone.
Shannon

WondrousStrange said...

I would mount that bad boy on a nice piece of weathered oak as a wall hanging...Ode to Imperfection:)

stregata said...

I'm sure it must be pretty devastating, when things go wrong in a firing - but that first 'piece' looks like modern sculpture and the 'flowers' are wonderful.
Good for you for keeping on keeping on.

MaCarroll Beads said...

Thanks for all the comments! I went out of town after posting yesterday and lo an behold.... as navigator... I got us lost! Another blunder! Thankfully...she is incredibly patient and after roaming the streets between NY and Connecticut, we finally found our way and ended up in a nice Holiday Inn, got ourself some some wine and dinner and made the most of it :O)

D'Arsie Manzella said...

So... you could call the flowers made from your mistakes "Oopsie Daisies". Yeah that's right. Corny. But I had to.

MaCarroll Beads said...

LOL! Funny :OD That might even catch on and start a whole new way of looking at what once looked like a problem!

Patty said...

Mary Ann - Thank you for your optimism! Yes, the best thing for me is to walk away and take up something that has some shred of positive going for it, and deal with the failure a bit later.

face
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...