Complicated is the creative process. Often trying of patience and intellect. The relationship of impulses, influences, and artistic agenda can be, usually are, intertwined to the point of discombobulation. Sometimes the artist wants all that trouble left behind in the finished work, and sometimes trouble is the finished work. I think that more often than not artists like there to be some evidence of the working process in their finished piece, although often, because artists are vain, that evidence of process suggests confidence and prowess rather than hair pulling and self doubt. Although, often, because artists are cunning, evidence of hair pulling and self doubt will also be seen in the finished work. I used to be in the habit of proclaiming music the ultimate art because it was process and completion at the same time, because it unravels and rolls up as it goes. When I was younger than I am now I had a vague idea that all art was like this, perhaps I had seen too many pictures of Jackson Pollock and Basquiat, but it has not proved to be thus. Not so much in my experience. My great pleasure in decorating ceramics is the immediacy I apply to it. The composition is conceived in relation to the previous line and the shape of the ceramic. It is a moving creative process that demands a degree of shedding of preconceptions, and thus an openness to something new. It is refreshing. At such times, it is a pleasure to be thinking on my feet as I make the design. For me, it comes close to that music I spoke of. And that is good.
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