I really like this expression, and it is so apt for me right now.
For so many years, I sketched and painted. Even though I turned to other craft pursuits for a change of pace, I would still occasionally produce a painting...and there can be no doubt that I was probably a better painter than craftsperson.
However life, for me, took a strange turn not so long ago. After heart surgery and a stroke, I find that I am now left with a body that is hard to recognise. I can literally no longer draw a straight line - sketching is out of the question. I have poor balance, and suffer with something called "stroke fatigue" which impedes my ability to do a lot on my feet. Please dont think I am looking for sympathy....it is what it is, I have to get on with life and I try not to complain too much. But there is no doubt that life suddenly handed me lemons, and I had to find a way to make lemonade. I was not happy with the thought of sitting on my hands doing nothing except watch the tv!
Enamelling is a no-no, as one has to hold a red hot piece of metal balanced precariously on a trivet and move it around. I would drop it and set light to myself, without question! Sketching upsets me, I find I can hardly hold a pen still to sign my name any more,let alone sketch. Glass ...well, one needs to be able to cut glass safely to create glass art.....but......
I can cut against a straight edge AND I CAN WORK WITH GLASS POWDER AND FRIT. Frit is crushed glass. Frit, in a mould, or on a glass base, melts in the kiln. And with it, I am creating all kinds of different things., including the gorgeous poppy bowl above. It is hard to believe that is made from crushed glass, isn't it. So, I thought it might interest you to see a few pictures and learn a little about the process.
This is frit. It comes in tons of sizes and colours, from fine powder, to chunky pieces: