The answer to that question is Yes. I have reached that point. What are my limits, and what happens if you go beyond them?
Last year I was to find out.
2017 presented many challenges, surprises and rewards. I realise now that I thrive on them. I compare the beginning of each year to a blank sheet of paper before starting a drawing - feel the excitement, the anticipation, the daring, the unknown. I start with a sketch, an outline, but then know full well to stay open and alert to unexpected spontaneous gestures, mistakes, changes in dynamic. With this approach, 2017 was amazing and gruelling at the same time - often running on empty, and yet exhilarated. Some of it was planned, some of it came totally from leftfield. A year of opposites....which go to form the Whole.
|Opening day at Ceramic Art London, Central St Martin's|
|Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London, with Martin Pearce & Paul Wearing|
|Bircham Gallery, Norfolk, with painter, Chris Prout|
|Earth & Fire ceramic fair at its new home, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire|
|Les journees des ceramiques, St Sulpice, Paris|
|Teaching at La Meridiana International Ceramics School, Tuscany, Italy|
|Front page of the Neue Keramik magazine (4/17), with a 5-page article by Eddie Curtis, was icing on the cake.|
|Diessen Ceramic Prize winners 2017|
|Hidden Depths solo exhibition at Landesmuseum, Oldenburg, Germany|
|At the opening of Hidden Depths. Overwhelmed!|
What's in store for 2018? Keep an eye on the What's On page of my website.
I'm looking forward to it already, particularly the 1 month residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Resource Centre, Denmark (part of the Neue Keramik award).
What I've learnt from all this is to keep looking toward the new horizons, and to continually ask two questions.
What Lies Out There? and What Lies Within?