My Big, Huge, Giant, Tall List

Big Huge List

As an artisan, it’s important to me to continue to grow and develop my skills.  And so I work at it and play at it.  When I returned from Penland School of Craft this past summer, I knew I wanted to expand the type of jewelry I was making to fully capitalize on what I learned in the class.

In the car on the way back from Penland, I started making a list of those things that if I did them would further cement and expand upon what I learned in the class.  When I got home, I typed it up, posted it in a prominent place, and here it is.

Everything on the list is definite and concrete – something that is either done or not done.  There is nothing like – improve sawing skills – which you can never really finish because you can always improve.  Instead I have something like – cut out the details from one coin.

The bright pink marks are things I’ve completed.  Here and there I get pulled by other things a realize I haven’t looked at the list in a while.  When I realize it, I go back to the list and check it.  Sometimes I see that I’ve completed an item or two while doing other things.  Other times, I pick an item and get going.

What I especially like are those things that started out on the list but have now become ingrained in my arsenal of techniques.

Here are some of the things that I still need to do:

  • Make four folded, cut, and hammered leaves
  • Make two pieces with hinges
  • Select a historical piece of jewelry and create a design inspired by it using fragmentation and abstraction

I will get there.  I will.

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5 Responses to My Big, Huge, Giant, Tall List

  1. Mikki says:

    I may have to steal this idea. In January I was doing really well….so organized, and then I started making PC beads and everything went to pot. I need to reorganize myself including clay playtime and a list like that would help a lot. Thanks.

  2. Hi Mikki,

    Steal away, I hope it helps. I know I struggle at times with the delicate balance between needing to play, create, and learn vs needing to get inventory to stores, deal with paperwork, etc.

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