creating a creative community

I've got so many ideas buzzing around my head right now. There are pots in progress, some new plate ideas bubbling and percolating and turning into prototypes, and all kinds of glaze formulas running around inside of my head.  Much of this is the result of inspiration from lovely friends who have given me a much-needed awakening to get in the studio and keep pushing myself.  I wake up at night thinking about glazes and plates and bowls.   I feel like I am on the verge of some kind of New.

I am working out some new ideas for a wall art project.  I am also toying with the idea of making plaster cast moulds for a couple of pieces of my ceramics.  That way I could take specific pieces and make multiples of them.  I learned how to make molds during my apprenticeship but that of course was before Project Buy The Farm In Italy and as a result I remember almost nothing other than it involves wood, clamps, plaster of Paris and Murphy's Oil Soap.  Oy. More on that later.

I also am planning out a run of cooking classes for some great guests we will be getting from so many different corners of the globe, some returning and some brand new.  Micha has several different wine tours and a couple of private cellar tastings that are coming up as well. All in all, it's a busy time. The B&B pulls me in one direction, my projects in about four others. But they all count, and all need my attention.

But there's something else that means so much to me: I want to reach out to all of you and give you the best of myself here on the blog. The blog is so important to me because it's here that I find myself in a dialog with some of the most interesting people.  Without you, this blog ceases to be of any importance.  It's your interaction that brings it to life, and its your interaction that feeds all of the people who come here to read and to feel connected to creativity. It's occurred to me that this is something that this community has in common - we all share a desire to create and effect change in one way or another, and that is a very powerful and important thing. It does not matter if your way of being creative has to do with numbers or art or music or cement or your children.  The important thing is that creating stands as a core principle.  It's what we're here to do. I don't know that there is any more important thing in life than creating.  Our species survives by recreating itself.  Our thoughts become stimulated by the creative thoughts of others.  We build structures based upon the structures that others have conceptualized.  Everything you see around you that was in some way fostered and is the result of human creativity.

I am seeing the power of building a blogging community and how it can give back to its members. I want you each to know how valuable you are to me and how I enjoy your input.  I love to hear what you have to say because it helps me.  It not only inspires me personally but I can see specific topics to talk about that benefit us all. So I want to thank each and every one of you that comes here and expresses her/himself in the comment section.  I read all of your words multiple times.  I go back and re-read them often.

This blog is all about empowering ourselves to lead the most creative life we can while simplifying the things that draw us away from our own innate sense of creativity.  If you spend less time and money on things that are not important to you, you will have more resources to do the things that are critical to your emotional well being.  And who knows where those things will lead?

Writers never have all the answers, but I think what we try to do is pose the questions.  My question to you is, how do you motivate yourself to be creative - whether it be as a mom, an entrepreneur, an artist, a chef, a friend or an employee?  What makes you feel inspired enough to put aside fatigue and exhaustion to keep building toward your goals?

I envision A Certain Simplicity to be a warm, inviting community where people feel welcome to share not only what we see as our creative moments but also the challenges and stumbling blocks we face along the way.  Heaven knows it is not easy to stay motivated and inspired.  A million tiny things can collide and knock us over in the process.  So here's to us, you and I, in our quest for the creative life.

In your comments, tell your story, leave the link to your blog or business website, and let us know where you are and where you want to go.  Let's talk!