Paperweight and Passion

Here is the paperweight that I made in the Loren Stump class. It’s not great, but I kinda like it. It got a little flattened in the encasing process, but that’s OK. Like I said before, paperweights are difficult to do. I’ve thought about making another paperweight just because it would be a challenge, and apparently I like a challenge, but I really don’t think that paperweights are my cup of tea. Loren was saying that the really good paperweight makers (and why do something if you aren’t going to do it well) are very particular – and clean in an almost OCD way. Well, that’s just not my personality. Still, I guess I could develop the habits… It would also require new equipment. I don’t know, perhaps one day down the road I might be in a situation where paperweight making makes sense, but right now it’s beads for me. My point, I think, is that I was a little hasty when I said I’d NEVER do that again. Never say never, right?

Also, I was reading my New Year’s post. I definitely should have printed that list and put it in my studio. I guess there’s still time to do that. OK, I WILL do that. I have been spending more time in the studio recently, and I think a list of things to work on would be very helpful. I was torching yesterday, and I was trying to just play. Well, apparently I’ve completely forgotten how to play. I think part of it was that I had a podcast (Quirks and Quarks) running instead of the classical music (Naxos Radio) that I usually listen to. At any rate, I did come up with a bead that’s very nice and I will have to do more with it soon, but for the most part I was just stuck. It was an awfull feeling. But I did come up with one bead, so maybe I need to realize that if you’re just “playing” you might only come up with one nice bead.

One of the reasons I haven’t been torching much recently is that I’ve been thinking about careers and being productive. I was planing to go back to school and become an accountant. I figured that would be a good career that would be doable and I could make some money at it. But this past weekend, while we were visiting a family friend, it occurred to me that maybe there was a way that I could make the lampwork into a career. I’m still not completely sure about this idea, but I have felt better this past week and have certainly been torching more.

I have a long way to go before I’ll be able to support myself with the lampwork – same is true of accounting – but it gives me something to work toward, and that is where my passion lies. The family friend we spent last weekend with (an excellent business and technology lawyer Margaret Fernandez) even commented on how animated I became when I was talking about it. I had forgotten what that potato chip quality control lady said about passion – boy I’m glad I wrote it down in my About Me page. But it’s true – in order to be successful you have to have passion.

So, I have goals from the New Year’s post. I have passion for the lampworking. I have skills from all the classes I’ve taken. I have a studio thanks to my Mother. I have glass and supplies. All I need to do is spend the time making beads. I have a long way to go, but hopefully I’ll get there.

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  1. Emily

    Well, I certainly like that paperweight!

    Part of acquiring any skill is the necessary drudgery…scales (endlessly) for me, plies & tendus for the dancer, and so on. Finding a way to make it interesting enough to tolerate is a challenge.

    Also necessary is the self-discipline to put the time in, day after day, & ignoring the products that seem so useless. The rewards come when you apply the acquired skills, and, boy, then it’s really fun! Feels like flying, in my humble opinion.

  2. I love it. It is very pretty. I would love to be able to make a paperweight but I don’t know if I have the patience for that. Is it made of boro? I couldn’t imagine making a paperweight out of soft glass. Sometimes I have problems keeping little beads from cracking so I couldn’t imagine trying a paperweight in soft glass.

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