It takes a lot to be creative. It requires a person to reach a different kind of deep-level thinking, to use a different part of the brain--a part that is so often beaten out of us by our fast-paced, technology-driven society.
Ceramics requires a kind of openness; it requires you to sit with open hands and accept whatever comes your way--including failure. Pieces break. They warp, they get dropped, damaged, misfired. Kilns are not an exact science. All ideas don’t work out for the best. Whole firings can go wrong. But all of this--every time and every loss--helps me to be less attached to the product and more attached to the process.