I agree with Alan. It is, "when I have to"
When my husband complains that it is 2am, and "aren't I ever going
to sleep?", or I just can't ignore the ringing phone any more. Or I
will be late for an appointment, delivery and life is interferring
with my working.....lol.
I go on vacations, and spend hours in the museums
researching/looking at every piece of jewelry. I loved it in
England, where fancy department stores had antigue jewelry. I could
look at it, turn over and see how it was made. Yes, I brought a
loop..... Some of the mass produced Victorian stuff had sharp edges,
poor solder joints, and very shoddy workmanship, IMHO. But, I could
still learn from it. I am passionate about jewelry. I love it. And
I constantly want to learn new techniques, make new designs, find a
better way to express myself with it.
And when I make it, I want it to last forever. I want it to be
passed down to children and grandchildren, and if it is not well
crafted, it won't. I want it to be special. And when I see someone
walk into my shop/booth, and hear that intake of breath, as they see
"the piece", the one they can't live without, how they lite up like
a christmas tree as they put it on.......that makes every hour,
minute and any frustration I spent making it melt away.....that is
what I strive for everytime I sit at my bench to create. ok, AJ now
gets off her soap box.....LOL
But, still, I think a lot of you can relate...
St. Paul, MN