I spent 30-45 minutes today cleaning and organizing the kiln posts at the college and I will admit that I kind of enjoy getting everything arranged just so. I felt the same way when I worked at the library, seeing all of those books lined up nicely on the shelves made my life feel a little organized and in control when things at home, with two young kids, were often crazy and out of control. I think there is some solace in taking the time to put things in order and it can be a rather meditative process.
I like to think that I am trying to cultivate a little OCD when I do my artwork by taking the time to slow down and do things right. It's important that a piece on the wheel have just the right curve to it and I have spent years cultivating my eye to see those slight flaws in the line of a curve. As I work in plaster I am finding this attention to detail to be even more important. It's one thing to make a piece on the wheel that is slightly off. It's quite another to make a similar mistake on a plaster model and then have that mistake repeated over and over on every cast. I recently did just this with an oval model that I was working with. I saw the flaw in the piece but figured it wasn't bad enough to make a difference. Boy! Was I wrong! That flaw seems so much more noticeable on the casts than it was on the model, though I doubt most people notice it. Problem is that I do. So, lesson learned. It's worth it to take the time to put a model down for a day or so before making the mold it so that I can look at it with fresh eyes the next day when I go to make my mold.
Finally, I hope you all are having a great holiday season. May it bring you peace and joy.
P.S. I did pass all my classes at Hays so I guess they will let me stick around for at least another semester ;)