Oh, I am so happy to finally be starting this new blog. I was so frustrated with my old one. The blog, At Home in Piemonte, no longer looked like me, no longer felt like me. I had long outgrown the name, the title, the entire thing. I spent hours with Wordpress trying to get the thing redesigned, but realized that Wordpress is not very computer-idiot-friendly. Then one day came over here to look -- and viola!!
Creative Structures was the name I gave to my art studio which I opened in Hamburg, Germany, in 2000. I only had the studio for two years before closing it in preparation for our move to Italy. I had completed the first part of my ceramics apprenticeship and needed a place of my own to find my voice. Those were two important, difficult years for me. I had my first exhibit back then, and learned what it was like to work, day and night, months on end, to create some sort of a cohesive program which could be viewed as a statement. That exhibit was in fact not at all cohesive, it was chaotic as hell now that I look back. But in reality, it was the kick that I needed to start the transition for the new life which I would be plunging myself into here in Italy.
The words Creative Structures worked for me then, and I have decided, they work for me now. The art which I do -- those are creative structures, as are the buildings I have redesigned, plates which I throw on the wheel, the gardens I tend. They are all structures which require creative input in order to flourish. This blog will reflect this, I hope, even more than my old one did. It's time to break out. Break out and create something new.
I hope you join me, on this journey as I move forward.