For me, I get into a certain style or technique and get totally absorbed with it.
First the good 'ole swirl. Then trans floral and leaf canes with the swirls, inclusions added, caps added. Then Kaleidoscope caning, thanks to a workshop with Sarah Shriver, tile pendants were born. Ooh, how about swirling some k-canes? How about pillow beads with the k-canes? I'm gonna trying capping some pillow beads now. Then came Christi Friesen's dragon book and it was little bits added to Tile Pendants. Then came the Unearthed series. Hey add that to some swirls and caps...then the Necklace that was at Ravensdale 2006.
Of course, all of this doesn't happen in an orderly fashion. I keep going back and forth between techniques and style and before you know it, it all starts to merge together. There's lots more things too, that happened in between these progressions. But I think I'll cover that in another post.
Anyhow, I guess what I've been realizing as I look at my work in years past and especially this past year is that I evolve as much as that style or technique will let me. I think about it constantly..."what else can I do to it? how can I make it different? " I think these questions keep me growing as an artist.
I'm definitely not done with Floral Beads. I think I can do much more, so they are here to stay for a while. But, to illustrate what I mean here are the first ones I made almost exactly one year ago...and here's what they look like today. They've more than doubled in size and I think I'll be using the perfect pearls for a bit longer :o)
What is your process and some of your history with clay?