I put together my first prototype last night and am feeling rather frustrated with it right now. I think my first mistake was trying to make it in porcelain. (What was I thinking!?!?) It's still wet and is already cracking! (Yes, but porcelain is so pretty!) The next issue that I'm seeing is that the base just doesn't quite fit right, so that's going to need some tweaking. I am also coming to the conclusion that this may be a form that I will want to make slip casting rather than trying to handbuild it.
But, back to that gap between what I want to make and what sells. How do you, as an artist, address that? Do you make what sells, but not what speaks to your heart? Do you make what your heart wants to make, but only part-time because your bread and butter job takes up most of your time, but pays the bills? Do you try and develop a line of work that fuses the work that sells with the work that your heart wants to make, creating a compromise? Or do you try and find a market for the work that you like, to hell with what your current market wants?
Anyway, here are some pictures of the process as it stands. I'll probably be working on a model for a mold this afternoon.