26 Jan Inspiration Diaries with Laura Silberman
I am always fascinated with the process of art, the sources of inspiration, and the individual way an artist creates their work. This new blog series will dive into the inspiration behind many of your favorite Muse artists!
A few weeks ago, I sat down with long time Muse artist and friend, Laura Silberman. Laura is the owner of ClaybyLaura. She has done many live demonstrations at The Muse, taught several classes, and keeps the store stocked with her latest creations.
1. What inspires you? To make pieces that I like to use in my own daily life with input from friends and family.
2. How do you turn those ideas into action? I start by making a drawing and turning it into a template. Then I’ll play in the studio to see if the idea can really turn into a useful piece.
3. Do you start with a plan or are you spontaneous? Both-I’m easily distracted so sometimes I’ll start with a plan but in working with the clay another whole idea will develop.
4. What is the greatest enemy to creativity? Self doubt.
5. How do you get yourself out of a creative rut? By looking at other people’s work to get inspiration or ideas.
6. What does an average day in the life look like? I start the day on the computer and then try to fit in some exercise whether it’s yoga or walking. I like to get into the studio before noon and depending on what I’m working on, I might be developing something with clay or glazing pieces that have been fired. I’ll take a break to eat and usually end my day in the studio around 5. I like to cook so if I have to figure out what’s for dinner, I’m probably doing that. I end each day with a knitting project so I can sit in front of the television with my husband and dog.
7. Who are your mentors? My mentors evolve based on where I am in my art process. Sometimes it’s other makers, sometimes it’s people with a good business sense, sometimes it’s family. All of those people and influences help me in my goals.
8. What other hobbies do you enjoy? Knitting, gardening, cooking, baking…
9. How do you maintain balance? That’s hard because it’s easy to get manic about making. My favorite part of the process is making. I like to make room in my life for people and interactions with friends. So it’s a constant balancing act.
10. What words of wisdom do you have for others embarking on their own creative journey? Trust yourself and realize that only you are able to make what you make. Try not to compare yourself with others. As I learned in yoga, “Stay on your own mat.” In other words, just focus on what you’re doing and do your best that particular day!
Below is a quick answer sheet that I had Laura fill out listing her top faves in each category…
Find Laura at claybylaura.com and on facebook & Instagram at claybylaura. And of course, you will always find a large selection of her latest pieces at The Muse! Thank you Laura!