And taught me that glass is a very unforgiving medium. An intransigent medium, almost belligerent sometimes. The kiln gods rule. As a result of that experience I am now wary of accepting commissions, and instead, I will only work to please myself, and if my work pleases others - that is a bonus! Reducing one's expectations is helpful too...he who expects little is seldom disappointed, it is said.
And another issue has come along recently which has been equally challenging. When I want to create, I like to pre-plan, to produce little sketches as I formulate ideas. Now - I am NOT moaning, or wanting sympathy, this is purely FYI., I have developed something called Essential Tremor. Not a fun thing for an artist to have. It means I cannot draw a straight line! This is not a joke actually, as my hand actually shakes and jerks when I try to do linear work and details! I feel like a robot which is in need of a damn good service because the messages aren't getting from brain to hand!
So I have had to find ways to get around this problem. I could of course put my feet up and retire gracefully. Not my style, even tho I do possess the required cardi and slippers. So instead, I am turning more to glass, to printmaking, monoprinting and screenprinting and using stencils; and interestingly, I seem to have found ways to create images ...in glass, rather than just produce practical pieces like bowls and vases. You may have seen some from me before, but these new ones are getting stronger, I think. The glass powder piece below required a certain amount of control of my wretched hand (which seems to have a life and personality all of its own) but thankfully it is easy to add more powder when I accidentally brush off an area when my hand misbehaves. (You gotta smile, or you cry.) I use rubber shapers and brushes to remove the black powder from the surface and the end result is: