If you are an artist in any form then you know the horrible feeling of not being inspired to create. This has always been a problem for artists and many have had ways of getting through it over the years. Writers call it writers block and it can feel like disease. I thought I would throw my 2 cents into the hat and tell you how I try and inspire myself out of these slumps when I am writing or turning.
The best way I have found to counteract writers block is to simply write, I know this sounds stupid but hear me out. I write about having writers block and how much it sucks, forgetting about any other writing that I want to do and getting all my feelings out on the page, that’s why I started writing in the first place and it really helps. Another way I get round writer block is by reading, forgetting about my own work for a while and reading the classics can really help.
When it comes to blocks on creating bowls I look to the past. I look at the potters of the past to see the amazing works of art that they created thousands of years ago to draw on their ideas. I do not copy their work directly but drawing from them really helps me get inspired because it reminds me of the love I have for creating and that the possibilities are truly endless.
So, by reminding myself of what has been done and what is possible inspires me to continue on with my own work. Also facing your demons head on works wonders as well. I am not saying that this is a sure fire method and I’m not saying that I came up with these methods but feel free to try them and see if they work for you.
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