There are plenty posts out there on the internet about the charmed life of crafts and handmade. Very rarely though do they talk about the frustrations of being an artisan, what could be the flip side.
I know its not often openly admitted but making things is hard, it requires co-ordination between our hands and brains. Quite often what you set out to make isn’t achieved and you’ve got to try again.
There are plenty of things that come out of this process along with the frustrations of sitting behind the wheel and ending up with a bowl rather than a mug. New previously unthought of ideas can emerge, accidental creations.
Of course theres also a lot of self doubt – why aren’t things turning out as planned? Sometimes its better to stop and walk away, perhaps your mind isn’t open to crafting at the moment. I often find when I’m too busy thinking about other things my mind isn’t focused to the task at hand, its thinking about that new email I have to draft or dinner to make or any number of worries.
Its a really difficult place to be in because a lot of the time craft can calm those worries by emptying our thoughts and other times it makes you feel more anxious because it feels like failure.
Its really difficult but don’t despair maybe its time just to step away and have a well earned cuppa.