Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What Do You Think About While Working?

I have thought about this and alot of the time I just go off someplace far away. When throwing I am aware of my surroundings and when really in the "groove" its almost a dream-like state for me. I may stop throwing and sit and stare and relish that place the work has taken me.

What about you? What do you think about while working in the studio?


Anonymous said...

Well, I like to listen to NPR. So, a lot of times I'm pondering what I'm hearing. Kind of being apart of the world, while I make in my own space. (And with everything going on in the world, It's an emotional roller coaster.)
When I can't listen to the radio, my mind wanders. Everything from the next step in the process, to what I want to serve on it when it's done, to when did I water my plants last, to can I get a bike ride in before the sun sets.
Though, when I'm really trying to focus on what I'm doing, I explain to myself each step, as if I'm teaching someone else.
Sally anne

Chris McCormick said...

Thanks Sally Anne!

Cynthia said...

Hmmm, a similar thing happens to me when I'm really in the groove in the studio as does while I'm running - that is when I'm in the right frame of mind. Things might start off with starts and stops, but eventually when the groove hits, I day dream - imagining all the possibilities in the world, yet never miss a step.

I've never meditated before, but it's what I imagine it would feel like.

Chris McCormick said...

THanks for sharing Cynthia, Ive never meditated either, but like I said, sometimes I get to this place where theres nothing, just me and the clay.

Josh said...

The assimilation to meditation is right on.

I find that when i start my mind is racing with thoughts about a willful action of the desired object. The initial act of touching the clay changes my mindset and my mind quiets. Thoughts become whispers in my head.

Focus happens and I start to become presently involved with the clay and think about what this lump wants to be. Then the lump speaks to me. I become totally immersed into working with that and being present.

but sometimes i think about green field full of bunnies, unicorns, waterfalls, and small gnomes.

Chris McCormick said...

Thanks Josh!