Last week, as I was rushing from work to the Northern Clay Center (NCC), I was lucky to have walked into the one of the last open seats in the house at the McKnight Artist in Residence lecture series, featuring Eva Kwong. It seems that over the last year, the turn out to talks and events at NCC has been tremendous - and for good reason. There's so much to learn and explore in the clay world - and NCC hosts a wide variety of inspirational, educational and accessible conversations. I enjoy going to the artists talks especially because they challenge me to think differently about my work and process.
Here are some personal take-aways from Eva's talk, that resonated with me:
- One of many, many of one.
- Paying attention to how materials move when you use them differently that inspires new work. (Noticing how slip moves, for example.)
- Space that exists in the mind - Gardens of the mind.
- Look at nature.
- It's about the joy of making things.
- Transform material
- Take risks
- Nothing is flat
- If you didn't go there, you wouldn't have made it.