What holds us back creatively? Preciousness syndrome can!

design Aug 14, 2020

One of the best things about being a potter is we have the chance to create one-of-a-kind pieces that can never be exactly duplicated. We love this about pottery, don't we? When we create a piece that is truly one-of-a-kind and we're finally holding it in our hands, it can be a really precious experience. There's nothing like that emotion - it's so satisfying!

But on the other hand, that feeling can also be dangerous because us potters can get really attached to the pieces we make and if we let it, our attachment to our pottery can hold us back from our creativity.

I remember sitting in a pottery lesson, staring at my bisqued pots, completely scared to experiment with different glaze combinations because I didn’t want to ‘ruin’ my pots. I sat there thinking, “‘I’ve spent so much time throwing, trimming and perfecting these, I don’t want to make a mistake with glazing them now.” So I carefully picked the glaze colour I knew that I...

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