I have always loved creating and making and so truly appreciate the joy it can bring to your life. When the restrictions were imposed on our lives due to the coronavirus I wanted to do something positive and share this creative joy with others who may find they had more time than normal on their hands.
As the changes impacted my usual business, with markets suspended and galleries and shops having to close their doors, I decided to shift my focus to helping others to create and to my online store for Cary's Martin Ceramics.
I have created Take Home clay packs for lockdown that include clay and some basic tools. One clay pack includes glazing (with choice of colours) and firing at my studio in Thornlands on Redlands Coast near Brisbane ( this is where your creation needs to be dropped back to), and the other is all about the creating and comes with the details of the clay so you can take your creation to be fired in a community kiln.
My clay packs are suitable whether this is the first time you have touched clay or you are a seasoned pro. I created a facebook group – The Makers Meet with Carys where I have uploaded a number of worksheets and videos showing different making projects. I am also doing a number of Lives in this group to show the creative journey – from the making, to the firing to the glazing to the firing. All the behind the scenes processes.
THE JOY OF CREATING IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE END RESULT. SOMETIMES THE MAGIC IS IN ENJOYING THE PROCESS AND THE MINDFUL MEDITATION THAT COMES FROM CREATING.
It's the positivity that comes from thinking about what to create and watching the different making videos I've created. It's belonging to a community of creators who are doing what they can in a difficult time to keep their mindset positive. Sometimes the joy can be found in the creation and then the piece can be put in the garden for nature to return the clay to the Earth. This in itself is a cathartic grounding process.
I’ve been digging trenches in my mother’s garden making way for the vege beds we are building and have pulls out chunks of clay. I was actually just wondering if we could make something with it as a momento of the project?!
Wednesday, 13 May 2020