Clay Times Back Issues Vol. 21 Issue 99 - Winter/Spring 2015 - Page 21

Dealing with Procrastination PART 2 OF 2 I interviewed clay people about their procrastination issues for these two columns, then proceeded to procrastinate heavily before completing the first column (!) This second column includes three more interviews, summarizes some interesting Website info on procrastination, and offers links to some of the most helpful Websites, featuring Jerry Seinfeld’s system to avoid procrastination ... Bill Griffith, Assistant Director of Programs at Arrowmont, Tennessee “I can say I am never going to procrastinate again, and then I do. In my early years at Arrowmont I procrastinated because of a lack of confidence. Now in later years I finally really know the mechanics of things, so I can slide a little and make it all work. I used to procrastinate from fear and now I procrastinate some from confidence that I know what needs to be done. Early on it was daunting to plan a conference but now I don’t worry as much. I do put off doing my taxes because it is boring. I think the reason I procrastinate in my artistic life is because I can’t procrastinate in my administrative job at Arrowmont. I simply have to get all the teachers hired. Sometimes I put off having a social life because in some ways I am creating the whole programming for the school and it feels like a lot of pressure.” Alex Irvine, Sculptor and Tile Muralist “I have made strides in not procrastinating since art school. It was just ridiculous in art school. I put so much off and I have gotten a lot better. I do still procrastinate working on my Website. Things I like to do like pressing tiles and making molds I can do endlessly and not procrastinate. But the thing I put off most of all are bills and taxes. I generally do things at the last minute. I have been really good and bad about that. I am especially organized and get all my ducks in a row when I am excited about something. One thing I avoided too much was testing glazes for acid rain resistance for an outdoor mural in Asheville that I did with Kathi Triplett. I was about to glaze and install and I still hadn’t tested for acid rain. Someone said to definitely test the glaze I was planning to use. The glaze substantially changed overnight from the acid in the lemon slice placed on top of the fired glaze. BY LANA WILSON One thing I have learned is I can’t procrastinate on applying for new public art projects because I need to have the next project lined up when the one I am working on ends. I have learned that the hard way.” Anthony Schaller, Owner Schallergallery.com “I don’t go nuts anymore when artists are late. I figure it is part of the beast. I have dropped artists who drove me so nuts with not sending work so I had to stop working with them. What drives me to procrastinate is bookwork and taxes. I plan shows in spurts and get things ready. I think I procrastinate on communications with the artists. Then some things just sort “What drives me to procrastinate is bookwork and taxes.” — Anthony Schaller [ & the rest of us! ] of happen. There was the artist who forgot a show. I had the postcards made and he was one of the people in the show and he totally forgot so that ended our relationship. It is frustrating when you ask an artist for a bio or a résumé and you never get it. continued on next page Perspectives I Beneath the Surface CLAYTIMES·COM n WINTER / SPRING 2015 21 PART 2 OF 2 I interviewed clay people about their procrastination issues for these two columns, then proceeded to procrastinate heavily before completing the first column (!) This second column includes three more interviews, summarizes some interesting Website info on procrastination, and offers links to some of the most helpful Websites, featuring Jerry Seinfeld’s system to avoid procrastination ... Bill Griffith, Assistant Director of Programs at Arrowmont, Tennessee “I can say I am never going to procrastinate again, and then I do. In my early years at Arrowmont I procrastinated because of a lack of confidence. Now in later years I finally really know the mechanics of things, so I can slide a little and make it all work. I used to procrastinate from fear and now I procrastinate some from confidence that I know what needs to be done. Early on it was daunting to plan a conference but now I don’t worry as much. I do put off doing my taxes because it is boring. Alex Irvine, Sculptor and Tile Muralist “I have made strides in not procrastinating since art school. It was just ridiculous in art school. I put so much off and I have gotten a lot better. I do still procrastinate working on my Website. Things I like to do like pressing tiles and making molds I can do endlessly and not procrastinate. But the thing I put off most of all are bills and taxes. 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