When I say “silver,” it’s a bit like Seinfeld says “Newman.” Silver is not my metal of choice. It doesn’t sing to me the way gold sings to me, and that’s probably the reason I can’t get it to sing for me. I have a bad attitude about silver, and silver has done nothing to deserve my contempt. I’m just pigheaded about the things I don’t like doing, and I think this shows in my work. My sister has noticed that my silver lacks the grace my gold work has. It all comes back to working with the material, and I prefer the feel of gold in my hands..
But, I’ve received many inquiries from customers about whether I will be working with silver, and I know that I need to work some into my collection. I do like silver jewelry, and have plenty of it myself, and it’s time to put on my big girl pants and get going. Boy, have I put that one off!
This week, I’ve timed my orders poorly, and I’m about out of gold as I wait for a shipment. But I do have silver on hand. So, today I’m in my studio playing. I think I need to start at the beginning and make things I have no intention of selling, with no expectations of outcome, but only focusing on the process. That idea will probably only make sense to the artists among you, but sometimes focusing on the process is the only way to approach, to allow yourself to begin and experiment. There are times in the creative process where it is counterproductive to focus on the outcome, and this is one of them. You’ll never get there if you focus on getting there, and this can be one of the hardest things about being creative for a living. The financial pressure to get there often limits your ability to do so.
So, over the next few days, while I have free time, I’m going to let myself off the hook on producing, and embrace working with silver. I will most definitely post candid pictures of my successes and failures.
Can you feel the love already? I can totally feel the love.