Ramblings of a Hell Wench
“meraki – to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work.”
Wow, just a big thank-you to everyone for your ongoing support and loving what l make as much as l do. It truly has been a huge year where l continue to learn so much in the world of my craft and in the world of business. Not quite sure how Christmas happened - but all my well laid out plans (who am l kidding?) seem to have come and gone and in a blink it is the day before Christmas.
My work is really my meraki. The way l create sees me lose myself completely in my work, and happily so, and everyday some would say necessities seem to fly from my consciousness. Looking back over the year is always interesting to see how some designs have evolved, new ones started and how Hell Wench has grown.
Things will be a little quiet from me over January as l take a break to visit family and work on some new ideas for 2022, but l appreciate your patience and hope you enjoy the new pieces as they evolve.
Wishing you a wonderful, safe and happy holidays however you choose to celebrate!
“and at the end of the day your hands and feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”
This quote says it all for me and sometimes after working all day in the studio while very happy l must look like a wildling from Game of Thrones! This year’s journey to Summer 2021 has unfolded so quickly that l really have not had time to take a moment and reflect. l can say adaptability is certainly a necessary commodity during this pandemic - both personally and professionally. My creative space continues to be a nurturing, creatively messy and a happy place for me - away from the chaos and madness of the pandemic, but this period has most certainly changed my methods of introducing people to my work. Pre-Covid, contact was via artisan markets. Now, my website and social media continue as the main sources of communication and contact for clients new and old. I am excited that l now have also added a few artfully curated retailers to stock my pieces. Currently these fabulous small businesses include Anto Yukon HQ (Whitehorse, Yukon); Magpie, etc (Atlin, BC) and No.3 Salon & Mountain Boutique (Fernie, BC) -they are wonderful places to visit, and they support and promote a variety of local artists including themselves.
At the moment l am working on pieces which will be part of my online website update on September 1! These pieces will include the designs of bears, caribou, moose, stellar jays, woodpeckers, crows, coat and crown, salmon and, of course, a few surprises.
Thank-you to everyone for your ongoing support…the next step is to set upcoming online shop updates, so you know when the latest batch of goodies are about to become available, get the kiln room set up and running and trying to understand the complexities of the ever-changing transpacific postal system!
Please click on the portfolio tab to see some images of my journey to date in 2021 -these are updated as regularly as possible with each new Ramblings of a Hell Wench blog.
“the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
WOW! 2020 has totally not unfolded how I planned, and it seems in a blink of an eye l have been transported to October! There is one thing this year has taught me and that is to appreciate the little things, be patient and be kind.
This year has seen our home, family (including pets) and my studio in Australia being packed up and move in a transpacific relocation to Vancouver, Canada. We spent the first few months acclimatising to our new surrounds, exploring, house hunting, socialising thinking we had plenty of time to organise, order and “smell the roses”. A new house with space for a studio was found in a very eclectic neighbourhood. l started to explore options; kilns, wheels, artisan markets, clay suppliers etc, and then the brakes where violently set in action with the arrival of Covid-19! The pandemic stalled my studio and Hell Wench progress for months -but did allow me creative time as we made our new house a home.
Thankfully l did manage to get my hands on some bags of clay before the pandemic hit and while l explored which wheel and kiln to buy (most suppliers here closed shop), l started to experiment with new clay bodies. As l was without a wheel, l embraced hand-building and slab work, embellishing pieces with local wildlife (crow/woodpecker/eagle/raccoon) and new designs (‘some days you need a coat and a crown’). Creating a new studio can be a bit daunting at the best of times but in a new country during a pandemic it felt like being on a roller coaster ride wearing a blindfold. I loved my old studio and thought it would be an easy transition to a similar functional creative space. I found there was lots of extra administrative paperwork that created moments of such frustration, that l found myself pouring a vodka and soda and binging on Netflix while wondering what the heck l was doing. However, time marches on and l love what l do so l picked myself up and while l am still in the paperwork hell of permits, l found a kiln to rent (while l hunt for my own) which saw my first Canadian stack of clay pieces being bisque then glaze fired! The recent arrival of a wheel means cups are being made again and my hands are in clay almost daily which is great for my mental and physical wellbeing.
Thank-you to everyone for your patience…
the next step is to ship out orders and update the website!
Please click on the portfolio tab to see images of my journey to date in 2020 which are updated with each new ramblings of a Hell Wench.
A space for me to ramble about thoughts on my journey to set my soul on fire...starting in 2020.