This week I’ve been reflecting on several insights about making work. Chris Staley, a established potter, talks about the moments of the “unconscious competence”. These are where you are making good work, but you are not necessarily conscious of this fact, and in many ways you are letting the exploration unravel new ideas. 

 

The way that I have been taught to make work is that you get to the point of having a fully formed idea then you must be able to justify it’s importance before you can pursue the execution. Although I find this method important in the beginning stages of my own art practice. I need to begin a process of purging, and instead pursue those moments where I allow the work to show me what it needs.