Yesterday, someone asked in class, “How can I bring up the wall (of a pot) without collapsing it?” I’d already explained. So how will we learn? We have to jump in and make an attempt. We have to be willing to make mistakes. Magically, we learn in time the mechanism of “how to bring up the wall”. She made an attempt. She jumped in. The pot collapsed. Now she has an experience to build on.
Sometimes I think being an artist is about having the time to dink around in a focused way without needing things to be in a certain way. Perfectionism kills this process. Goals, time limits, and high expectations do, too. One needs to be able to wander following the hunch that comes from deep within. Have you ever felt like time disappeared and you didn’t think about anything else but what you were doing? That is a sign of being in a creative space.