What Motivates You?

Often I’m asked some derivative of, “What keeps you motivated?” I usually say the desire to eat. In truth I do like to eat, but that’s not the driving factor.

I could potentially write a whole book on what motivates me and how I keep motivating myself.  I’m motivated because I’m not there yet.  Where is there? I can’t answer that because once I’m there, there shifts.

For instance, for years I wanted to get into the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  I got in. Then it wasn’t as spectacular as I had anticipated. It’s that; that keeps me motivated.  It’s that feeling of having Christmas presents under the tree.  Not the actual opening of the gifts, but the anticipation. That anticipation is duplicated each time the kiln is finished with a glaze load.  That initial cracking the door open is the reason I make pottery.  It’s all or nothing at that point. I unload the kiln and see what has worked and what hasn’t. It’s like being a kid again, like seeing snow for the first time.

So that’s why the next day I take out my pencil (yes I still have pencils from grade school) and composition notebook and create a “To Make” list. It’s not glamorous or sexy, but it drives me to try and improve.

What happens if the load doesn’t turn out? Oh I cry. No, I don’t cry.  Well, not every time. The failures motivate me more than the successes. I like a challenge.

Plus I’m really stubborn.

What motivates you?

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