Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Truth- Revealed!

So, what are those bizzaros from yesterday?

They're hamsas. At least, they're attempting to be. A hamsa is a sort of luck charm, like a God's Eye or a shamrock, shaped like a funky double-thumbed hand. Check them out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamsa

Anyway. When I was first starting to work with polymer clay, lo these many years ago, I wanted to get in touch with other clay-people, and this was the most interesting swap I could find that I could also do-- no canework or reputation required, very important for me at the time! We were encouraged to be creative, so I decided to just go with the silhouette of a hamsa and improvise the interior. I made some with turtles, people,and, still surviving here, fish...and cats. AMOzark is the first person EVER to guess those were cats on the first go, for which that one is totally hers, should she want it (and Mermaiden is free to claim the fishies, because I love the idea of a living seaweed Easter basket).

I don't know whether anyone else in the swap liked the hamsas of mine they got; I never heard back from any of them, which had been a theme of my swap of experience, which is why I never do swaps anymore. But I do know I wasn't happy with them. And I know I enjoyed making them, quite a bit. Because as soon as they were done, I set out on another big claying project.

My point, if I have to have one, is this: people try to compliment my art by saying I have talent, and I say no, and right here is some proof. A talented person would have had some modicum of grace in their craft from the get-go. What I have in my work is fun, even if nobody else cares, even if nobody else ever sees it; and because of that, a whooooole lotta practice. And sometimes I get better; I AM happy with the clays in my shop, right now, even while I'm looking for new directions to take it in. Talent is really not part of the equation. And that's...ok. It's fun.

Also, I have very smart blog readers. Thanks for playing along, ya'll! Now I must duck the thunder again...

5 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun is what art is all about! If it weren't fun...I wouldn't do it :)
My scrapbooking mantra is: Enjoy the Process!
Don't think too much about it, don't get stuck in a rut...just play and have fun :)
I'm glad you had fun with your clay!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I don't think that talent means your good at something from the start - I think it means you have the capacity to learn something and do it well. So I disagree with you my friend :P

uniquecommodities said...

wow..never heard of it and never would have guessed...LOL! Thanks for sharing.

mermaiden said...

what a great topic for discussion- love it that there is no right answer. do you think someone would have fun doing something they had no talent for? i think it would be frustrating and depressing to keep trying, and most likely your skills wouldn't build all that much.

Pattee said...

Hi Cara.....
Art is in the heart....

You were one of the first 5 people to comment on my shrine post and the first 5 get something made by me. I just need your snail mail address.
Write me at dancingbuffalo@earhtlink.net
Pattee : )