As of today, I am halfway through my Clay to Z project! I can already feel the wind in my hair as I begin descending the slope of this 26 part mountain! That, or this room is really drafty.
I began this project for several reasons. First of all, I wanted to fill my Etsy shop. I only had a few items ready for purchase when I launched earlier this year, so alphabetic animals originated as a way to build stock. I’m also participating in the Wilmore Arts and Crafts Festival in a few weeks, so I need sculptures to sell there, as well.
Secondly, Clay to Z was meant as a skills exercise. I am notoriously slow and needed a way to increase speed. This project is helping to alleviate some of my hesitancy. It’s teaching me to plan ahead, rely more on reference, and solve design problems in the moment. In addition to quickening my pace, I'm also practicing building more anatomically believable armatures.
Another reason I am continuing this project is that I’ve finally had enough of undone things in my life. I’ve been using Jake Parker’s mantra of “finished, not perfect” as a defense against perfectionism, procrastination, fear of failure, and my history of beginnings without endings. Making it to M gives me hope that painting the final stripe on the (spoiler alert) zebra will signify a new era of finishing what I start.
Onward to N!