My daughter then declared she wanted to save for a mobile phone before heading to high school. She asked if she could make jewellery and sell it at the local craft market. I thought that was a fair request given she’d been attending Gem Club and was already producing work.
The problem is I’m writing this instead of being at my bench. Why? I’m stuck! I’m finding it really hard get back into making even though I’ve had ideas on the boil for more than 10 years. I’ve organised my time so I can be in The Laundry 3 days a week and you won’t believe it, I’ve done everything except get the tools out! I feel like I have reached a full stop.
I've also set up an Etsy account and got a domain name just in case I start producing and want to sell. At this stage it seems a long way away but I thought I'd get some of those things in place. All this has delayed getting to my bench!
I’ve decided to enrol in a silversmithing “intensive” which is roughly 12 hours over 2 days. I really don’t want to do another course but I’ve come to the conclusion that it might just get my head back into the zone. I’m also going to set up a private session with someone whose work I admire to get a refresher on tap and die. Never quite mastered it and would like to. I’d love to find a mentor I could work with one day a week, the sort of thing that was part of my degree but didn’t take up because I was busy having two children. I think that’s for students however you never know.
So this is where I’m at, stuck! I have The Laundry and my beautiful bench, wow! This blog is again up-to-date enabling me to tick that box as done bringing me one step closer to working at my bench…I hope.