What is Quartz Inversion?
No, it’s not a quart of milk standing on its head. It’s the point at which silica crystals in clay change their molecular structure during the rise and fall of temperatures in the kiln. Heat serves as a catalyst for permanent change. Very cool idea. I think of it as a metaphor for most things in life. The transformational power of art can change us at the very core. Our actions change the earth every day, for better or worse. The choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the words we say change us in every way at every moment--from the inside out. I like to think that I go through a quartz inversion on a regular basis....and once quartz inversion occurs, there is no going back.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Quote" "Unquote"...

I've been reading a lot of artist's quotes lately, trying to keep the creative process going during the times I am not in the studio. My favorites are usually the most simple, straightforward ones. I tend to shy away from quotes describing lofty ideals and romantic notions of what art is, or those that profess that creativity is the 'holy spirit' speaking through us. I'm not really interested in that. Do I feel connected to a power or energy larger than myself when I am working - YES, but I try not to think of myself (or my fellow artists) as a holy vessel, per se. I'm only interested in the way the creative process makes me feel while I am 'in the moment' and in that lovely, exhausted, body-weary feeling I get after a day of hard work in the studio. Here is the best quote I found today:
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.~Pablo Picasso

1 comment:

Elena said...

You have so much creative energy you must feel like bursting! So inspired. Ever since you got back from Italy there's been a wonderful energy/aura about you. How does one arrive or find oneself in that 'space?'

Now you got me going-reading, searching for inspiration, wishing to be intoxicated again. Thanks for this blog!