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Showing posts from December, 2013

Motivation Monday - stick to a task til it sticks to you

My christmas gifts!

I am a big fan of christmas and I love looking out for thoughtful gifts for people. I have a hidden board on pinterest to keep all my ideas! (which you can't see - sorry!).
For christmas this year I spent a couple of months knitting some of my gifts! I knitted five scarves and was still knitting furiously on 23rd December! I got them finished in time though.

I was very fortunate to be given some really thoughtful and useful gifts myself this year including

I got this book from Gary - Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong. As someone who teaches both Psychology and jewellery making I have become increasingly interested in how I can link these two parts of my life together.

Gary is a photographer and he also gave me a calendar he had printed with images of our 2013 trip to Venice. It's a lovely daily reminder of our holiday which is hanging right by my desk.
(I took the dodgy photo of the calendar by the way!)

My niece gave me this lovely box of bracelets and hair…

Motivation Monday - the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing - Covey

Motivation Monday - anything I can not transform into something marvelous I let go

Learning from the masters!

I have been very fortunate to be able to attend masterclasses in metal clay with a number of fantastic artists. I spend a large proportion of my income on doing this as it is my passion and I know that by spending a couple of days with someone you learn so much more than you ever will from a book (although I love books too!)
I am now looking at the masterclasses for 2014 (I'll write about those in a future post!) but I thought I would think over what the artists I have studied with so far have taught me. Not just techniques as there have been too many of those to list, but a general ethos to inspire and inform my work.

Julia Rai is a British metal clay artist, fantastic teacher and director at the Cornwall School of Arts Craft and Jewellery. She was the first person in the world to achieve Metal Clay Masters registry level 4 (there are 5 levels).
I have taken five accredited courses with her and have learnt more every time.
I think the main thing I have taken from studying with her…

Motivation Monday - focus not on doing less or doing more but on doing what you value

Grateful for being busy!

I have been very fortunate to just have to work for 11 days in a row! I'm fairly new to working as a jewellery artist and freelance teacher and had found in previous months that not everything I took on happened. So I filled up the beginning of December expecting that something would get cancelled. Except it didn't! And I ended up working a lot of long days in a row. But I am grateful for the work. And that I got through it! And for the back massage I had booked myself as something to look forward to!

Motivation Monday - you don't have to have it all figured out to move forward

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