I’ve written about 3 blog posts in the last several days, but none of them has been right. Basically I think I am having a hard time expressing myself. This Summer feels a bit like limbo, sort of an eddy to hang out in while real life goes by. I’ve been spending lots of time in the studio, and that feels like a different kind of reality from the errand running, Mom stuff, bill paying and other day to day buzz. I think it is in the nature of the artist to feel a bit apart from life. Those feelings have been strong lately, especially since summer brushes me up against some social groups I’ve never felt at home with. I feel a bit like “Libby in pieces”. (sounds like an interesting title for a piece some day, doesn’t it?)


The studio piece is going so-so. I have been spending as much time as I can manage in the studio lately. The metalwork is slow. I keep saying that because in comparison to the immediacy of polymer clay, metalwork proceeds at a snail’s pace. I have had some serious soldering issues and at least one giant gaffe. It was a huge lesson in process, i.e. don’t do things out of order or you’ll totally screw the piece up. I guess I can be thankful that silver can be melted down and reclaimed.

The bezel-button pieces have caught me in a sort of creative undertow. I have some other ideas rolling around in my head, but I can’t seem to stop making the bezels. Focus is a continuing challenge for me. Sometimes I can’t find a focus, but other times I get too focused on one thing and I can’t see to pull myself away when I should.

The other Libby pieces are just trying to cope with the day to day business of being wife, mother, friend etc. The house is dusty, we have enough fresh food around the house most of the time, and I haven’t forgotten to pick my daughter up from her various activities yet. I am beyond blessed with a husband who understands and even supports the level of distraction that comes with a creative surge. Thanks.

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6 thoughts on “Thoughtful”

  1. I hear ya… I feel so far seperated form real life, it isn’t even funny… And, my aparment is covered in beads, and other artistic supplies… These things have really taken over… I should do something about that… :0

  2. I think the creative process can be one of the “messiest” (in all senses of that word) things in life, but also one of the most satisfying. Sometimes you have to go for the ride with the wave and see where it will take you. The rest of the stuff…what has to happen will. A happier Libby, who has time to pursue her creative voice, will make for happier hubby and kids in the end. It just may feel unbalanced for a while. At least that has been my experience. And I love those button pieces!

  3. I cracked up when you used the phrase “creative undertow”. I love it! I guess I can really relate to that phrase. But keep up the good work – love the bezel button pieces. You As far as metalwork goes, the process is slow. Soldering is a difficult task but when you get it – you’re off! And yeah, a few melted pieces do happen. I think there’s always a reason you are where you are. You’re exactly where you need to be. Just go with it!

  4. I would love to know what the yellow and green machine to the right of the pic is and also do you work with a dremel, if so what is the best kind? I would appreciate anyones answers! Thanks

  5. Kelly,

    I’ll email you, but I’ll answer you here too. The yellow & green thing at the bottom right is a vise which I use for things like holding a piece of metal while I file the edge straight. If you google “jewelry bench vise” you’ll see what these types of vises look like. I don’t remember the brand. I do use a dremel for some drilling. I also use a flexshaft jeweler’s drill. My favorite dremels are the cordless variety.

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