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Creative Process Observation

I was straightening and cleaning up the showroom at the studio today. It is a tedious, but necessary chore with absolutely no glamour to it. The most exciting thing about it is to me is keeping a running estimate of how many granddaddy long leg spiders I have vacuumed up so far. (By my calculation, the number is HUGE!)

Anyway, toward the end of the task, I glanced out into the studio. There I observed one of the gaffer’s working with a renter. Together they had come up with a new glass blowing form; it was a geometric/ minimalist type look with an organic-like area at one corner. The pattern, color, scale, and formed seemed to be working well. That is until it was carried to the crack-off bucket, dunked in water, and shattered into a thousand pieces.
I could tell by their facial expressions that they were less than pleased.

Being the artist/instructor type person that I am, I went up to the renter and voiced what were the good points about the form, in my opinion. Then I told him it was an idea worth pursuing. He perked up a little. I felt good. He felt good, and then I thought to myself, “In the pursuit of knowledge, nothing is wasted.”
——————Michael Kerry Brown

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