Blog Profile / This Artists's Life

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Archived Since:January 19, 2009

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what it takes

I'm going to graduate from college next year have been making pottery since I was in high school. I really love it and it is my passion. I read your post about quitting your day job and it made me think about whether or not I should try to make pottery my living. Show More Summary

back to school

I've been trying to maintain a back-to-school vibe in the studio for the last couple of weeks. I went roaring in on September 2, with the idea of throwing off the remnants of summer vacation mode and kicking some ass. I threw a bunch of stuff, and got down to the work of it. Show More Summary

quit your day job? maybe not.

A couple of months ago I was asked for advice on quitting a day job as a teacher to become a full-time potter. I've been screwing around with a response, trying to couch my answer in such a way that I don't squash anyone's dream, or offer stupid pat answers that you can get anywhere. Show More Summary

the problem with perfection

When people tell me they are a perfectionist, I take note. I am a recovering perfectionist and I’m interested in what being a perfectionist means to other people. I generally regard perfectionism as a neurotic condition and I want to offer support, if possible, and learn more about letting go of perfectionism within myself. Show More Summary

new work this weekend

A little last minute self-promotion: this weekend (July 12 + 13) is the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival. I will be there. Booth116. With a bunch of new work! And maybe a new dress if I can find some time to zip out somewhere and pick one up. I hope to see you there. Don't forget your sunblock.

little fame rush

I'm having a little fame rush right now. I was recently interviewed in front of an audience by Ben Carter for his Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast, and it was posted yesterday. You can listen to it right here. The conversation centers...Show More Summary

the rush hour of life

I heard an expression the other day: "We are in the rush hour of life right now." It refers to people in mid-life who are busy raising the next generation, working their asses off at whatever job they're doing, making big money decisions...Show More Summary

lack of gratitude

This is a gratitude tree in my neighborhood.I found it on my walk two days ago. I've been thinking about gratitude, and the lack of it I've been feeling lately. I'm catching myself having a lot of unpleasant thoughts with a whiny edge. Show More Summary

happening now, coming up

I have been lost in my world of clay, which is better than being lost in my own head.I've been working on these random pieces that I put together into a collection and called it the Pretty Random Blossom collection. The whole reasonShow More Summary

never starving

Since I am an artist, I hear the term "starving artist" more than the average person, and it creates a deep fission of annoyance in my heart and mind every time. It's the term itself, and the way people say it.Sometimes it's said casually, which shows the speaker is not thinking about it, just taking the myth as an understood truth. Show More Summary

signs of burnout

I have been a little bit off the radar-- no newsletter the past two months, one blog post, very little on the social media network--but there is a lot of things happening behind the scenes right now.As I step back into a routine of making...Show More Summary

a new page

When some people want to change something in their life, they may buy a membership at the gym, join a like-minded group, enroll in a class, or get a therapist.Me, I buy a notebook. This is a collection of my notebooks. In the interest of full disclosure I will say that this is not all of them. Show More Summary

old blog posts, new thoughts

I received a new comment from another potter on an old blog post the other day that brought up some thoughts I wanted to share it with you all: I'm still trying to figure out my message. My (blog) posts have a tendency to be all over the place. Show More Summary

the re-education of whitney smith

Now that my studio re-model is done, I have been easing myself back into the studio. I have not done any serious ceramic work since the beginning of the year as I have dealt with my burnout issues. I spent at least 3 days trying to figure out what I should work on first. Show More Summary

open studio

My Open Studio + Holiday Sale is THIS WEEKEND! I will have LOTS of beautiful work on hand for all of your gifting desires. I hope to see you there! Holiday studio hours: Saturday, Dec 14: 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, Dec 15: noon to 4 pm 539 Athol Ave Oakland, CA 94606

making things happen

I loved a recent post from one of my art heroes, Elsa Mora. The title of the post is "Making Things Happen," and it's about, well, how a busy artist can make so many things happen the way Elsa does. The steps she names go like this: Think: sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and think about what to make and why. Show More Summary

be uncomfortable

I received a timely email the other day:Hi, I'm a 15-year old thrower, I've been throwing for 2 or 3 years now. I think your work is perfect but lately I have felt like what is the point of this. I truly enjoy throwing, but I can't get out of this rut. Show More Summary

wandering the ruins

There is a zen axiom which basically says-- heavy paraphrase here-- do not regret what you did not do yesterday, do not imagine what you will neglect tomorrow. Do what you can right now by living in the present moment. Even if that means you screwed up yesterday and probably will again tomorrow. Show More Summary

destroying and creating

An update is in order. I have been working on remodeling and reorganizing my studio, which is something I do about once a year since my space is pretty tight and every inch must be maximized to its fullest potential.This time is a little different though. Show More Summary


Before I tell you about my kiln meltdown, I need to tell you that I will be at the Clay and Glass Festival in Palo Alto THIS weekend. Come and see me! Since I'm about to have my biggest retail show of the year, that's usually about the time my kiln decides to go on vacation. Show More Summary

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