Working in a collective of artists like Creative Gateways is a powerful space for our artists to gain the support and feedback of other working creatives. It poses challenges too – if one artist is deep in concentration on a piece, what happens if someone interrupts them? How can you be sure it’s OK to ask a question or gain some advice? Today we talked to warm glass artist and Creative Gateways founder Pilisa about how a shared space works in practice.
The wonderful thing about working in art is that there is inspiration all around you all the time! All you have to do is be aware and open to it. Notice the angles created by the architecture of a room; the shape of the branches on a tree outside; there are a million things to inspire you. And yet, at times, there is something special that grabs your attention and whispers to you, “ run with it.”
When that inspiration arrives and I’m in the studio, I have to go right now and act on it. I’ve learned the hard way that sometimes the muse doesn’t come back! So, if I don’t do something with that impulse to create, I might not be able to find it again. There are times when, as an artist, you are in the middle of a process and someone asks, “Can I have a minute?” but you really don’t want to stop your flow, lest the muse drifts away. After all, losing that spark is incredibly frustrating. It is like when you are speaking and someone interrupts, then you lose your train of thought, only amplified. It can drive you crazy!
Artists Understand Artists
We all know exactly what that feels like, so we have an unwritten rule in the studio. If someone is on a roll, you do not interrupt. Or, if someone does want to talk to you and it isn’t the right time, you always have the right to say, “I need 10 minutes,” or whatever time you think it’s going to take for you to express what is critical. So if one of the artists isn’t able to stop and interact, no one will take that personally. When you are in the flow, everyone else stands back and lets that happen.
Those flow moments are the flip side of when you reach a block. They also may happen in instances where you have reached a point where the piece needs to be fired or needs time to dry, and you have to stop. The wonderful thing is, everybody immediately gets it! It is so nice to know that. We are there to support each other with capturing our muse, however and whenever it arrives.
Share Our Creative Rhythms
Come to the studio and you can experience our creative rhythms yourself – see some artists in flow, and others stepping back and asking for another opinion. We would love to talk to you about what is going on and share the pieces we are working on, as long as we are not in the middle of a muse moment.
And if you want to experience the “flow” feeling for yourself, come to one of our classes! Click here to find out full details of our upcoming events.