ideas

February 19, 2018

I had a dream recently that I was sitting in a restaurant eating off plates that looked very similar to the ones I make. ‘These could be my plates sitting at the table,’ I thought. It was a validating little dream. It happens often in the world that one sees something written, painted, invented or molded out of clay, and thinks, “that was my idea, I could have done that.” But an idea is only as good as what you do with it. It’s the doers out there that I so admire. My friend Bianca has just recently added my pottery to her online shop, bibelot & token which I am very excited about. My concern, which I expressed to her, was that without seeing and holding the pieces, buyers may be disappointed by what arrives in the mail. Confidence in ones work, especially when it’s out in the world, (a tiny corner of it, but still) takes time to cultivate. I was inspired by what Sarah Lazarovic –– illustrator, designer, filmmaker, author and visual journalist –– had to say in a recent interview for Be The Next Her. “I think one of the most important things is to not self-deprecate. It took me years to get the subtle self-diminution out of my system. Be confident! Your ideas are just as awesome if not more awesome as the man next to you, who probably isn’t apologizing for his work.”

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