I decided to take one year off to see if the ideas in my head could translate well through pottery. This was the first one. It's 2 pieces. The top spins and it's about 2 ft tall. I was scolded by the studio for making the top, which could never be glazed since it wont stand on its own, so I just airbrushed it. (which I had to teach myself that one also.) The RULES killed me along with the "fines".. Nothing too big, you're charged by the inch....not too wide........not too heavy........keep it little. After so many $$$$$ per inch, and after 2-3 firings, and paying for the glazes and clay and the monthly studio rent, you can't break even, let alone profit.....you're always working in the red. Without your own kiln, youre doomed. (which I now have but am selling because I don't have anyplace to use it. How crazy is that?)
I fricken hate rules and I also hate being financially penalized for creative work.
I quit exactly one year to the day, of trying this out, to go back to work. If I can't be great at it, or have the time/resources to become great at it, I'm not into it. Some day, when I can have total freedom and the money to live and create......and the time to sculpt difficult, mind blowing details, then I'll visit this again. "Starving Artist" isnt' a label, it's reality.