Monday, February 15, 2010

First YouTube Tutorial

I know it's not the best, but it's not the worst At least no one has to listen to me talking.

My Zinnia Tutorial

  I made some of these zinnias and was getting ready to list them, then I saw someone on Etsy's front page who had made something similar and I felt weird adding mine right after-- especially since hers were not only stunning but beautifully photographed.  I try not to look at stuff that is very much like mine when I'm on Etsy.  For one thing, even if it didn't influence me whatsoever, I feel concerned someone will think it did.  Also, if I have an idea I love, I'll feel disheartened if I find someone doing something similar.  Ignorance is I try not to look too much.  In my personal way of thinking, even if someone set out to do something EXACTLY like something of mine, it would always look a bit different because of the individual artistry of the other person. YET, here I am sweating  Once I made a glass bead depicting a father penguin and a baby, yes I was inspired by some pictures of penguins, but not by someone's artwork...and this person actually made a big ole thing about it on a message board.  It was actually enough to sort of kill my creative spirit for a time.  I know it is part of what took my heart out of lampworking.  So this time around, I don't know if I will go much to ceramic message boards, I'd like to meet other artists, but at the same time there is always going to be someone pointing fingers and accusing people they don't even know. 

Anyway, I don't put out tutorials for my own gratification, I put it on to help other people starting out.  So if you use the tutorial to make something and then turn around and sell it, I'm honored.


  1. Hi Anna! I'm so happy to see you have found something to do with your marvelous talent. I love the feel of clay and am amazed at the glaze results. I am greatly saddened that someone criticized your penguin beads - i remember the bead well -- a gorgeous work of art. I treasure my 'Anna' beads :) I think I hear one of your sweet hedgehogs tweeting my name to bring her home. Hope the fam is well and I'm so glad to see you! Jan

  2. Jan, it is wonderful to hear from you! I hope you are doing great! Your hedgie is on her way to her new home! :)