Sorry for the hiatus … again. This will be the last one. If you don’t follow us on social media you may have missed the news that in less than a week we are moving to Colorado! I am so excited!
Colorado has long been my “escape”. A place to relieve my stress and breathe fresh air. A place that has always seemed like it contained endless possibilities and space. Now, I will get to call it home as well.
Along with this change comes another change…
As of August 1st, I officially work for myself. Clay Maiden will be my full time gig. No more side jobs. 100% Hustle.
- I will be streaming on Twitch regularly.
- Creating new designs to stock
- Have a fully loaded online store including functional ware! Cups and bowls, Oh My!
It is thrilling and it is dead terrifying.
It feels like standing at the base of a looming mountain, unsure how you will ever climb it, or how long it will take. I have come to learn that this is the essence of life. Possibility always has risk. Change always seems daunting.
It’s like being the baby bird in the nest, eventually you have to spread your wings and fly.
I have been working towards and simultaneously fearing this for a long time. It is a very odd sensation to be without the safety net of “guaranteed income”. I’m not sure how guaranteed any income ever is though. Even the most stable job could come to an end at some point. I have seen it happen to countless people and it can be devastating. I think the most devastating part of it is that it takes people by surprise.
They never see it coming.
There is some security in knowing that I am savvy and ambitious. I feel like my potential is what I make of it. I also have come to accept that in order to survive you have to think on your toes. If something isn’t working, try something else. Don’t get too attached. Unfortunately, I have know several artists who just don’t want to adapt. Whether it is an attachment to a particular product that just isn’t selling, or a commitment to venues that don’t adequately market their talents.
I know I still have a lot to learn in all of the areas. I hope having an open mind and going into this with realistic expectation on what running a business, specifically an art business is going to take.
If you are a fellow artist and this rubs you wrong, I get it. There are plenty of days I would rather be the stereotypical image of an artist and do what I want, when I feel like and screw the rest. There is a certain credence to that and I don’t think artists should completely lose that. I think it is part of what makes artists able to see and do things some people can’t sometimes.
Artists color outside the lines.
However, I also don’t like working for other people and I want to make a life off sharing my art with others. There are many reasons for this, but that is a topic for another day, I think.
Alright, enough of my philosophy for one Monday. Thank you to everyone who continues on this bumpy journey with us. So many have sent their love and it means a lot that you stick by us even when our news and goings on are scarce. This should be coming to an end.
Buckle up, Buttercups!