Every now and again, I've heard of things coming up where people feel their work is being copied. I, personally, don't worry about that too much because I believe an artist that is true to themselves will always have work that outshines anyone who tried to imitate. And there will always be people that don't know the difference, but does that really matter in the big scheme of things?
I find that getting "inspired" by others work is a motivator. Sometimes when I am in a slump, I might see something that I like and it gets my brain stirring with all kinds of ideas.
Take for example, this beautiful necklace created by Karen McGovern. Check out more of her work.
Lovely, isn't it? I think so.
I looked at the shapes of the stones, which I really like, and decided to make a bunch of pendants with a similar shape.
I'm not sure how I will be using these since my thinking cannot process that far in the future. I was thinking of using a very cool crawl glaze on these when I get to that point. These still have to be cleaned up and bisque fired before I do anything else. I'll share some pics when I'm done.
So, what is your take on the topic?
Inspiration or copying?