If you are starting or running a creative business chances are you’ve dabbled in other mediums. Mine used to be clay…and will become clay again once I can trust my kids around a 1220 degree Fahrenheit kiln firing in my basement.
I had to learn a hard lesson when committing to do an entire table setting for one of my sister’s friends. I’m talking dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowl and mugs. Oh my! I mixed my own glazes, but she wanted a combo that I was not as familiar with. Whether it was because I thought I could figure it out or because I was afraid to say no, I took on the task.
(Should have stuck with my beloved Celedon)
Hindsight is 20-20. I hated the color combo myself. I knew my clay, I knew my colors and I also knew somewhere in my brain all to eager to please that it was not going to look great. The part of the lesson that still stings is when I sent it up to her home and she sent it back. Ouch. But, where was the error? Her not liking it? Her asking for the product and color combo? Ah, no. It was me accepting and saying “yes”. After many years of therapy I’m learning that adults have the ability to say “Let me think about it.” I love that! What freedom! And even better than that, we can say “NO!” And we can say no and not be bad people! Revelation!
So, when considering a project. Take a pause. Take a breath. Then give an answer that honors your product, your time, your taste and your interest.