Saturday, 27 December 2014

Year 2014 In Review

This year is coming to an end and my thoughts naturally dwell on everything that happened in 2014. Since this blog is an important part of my life, I'd like to take one last look at this year in blogging. Here is a quick look, if you'd like...

During January, I was finishing my preparation for my first exhibition in Vienna which was held through February and March.

In my second hometown, Vienna, I met some dear, old friends; I went to many exhibitions and museums. Also I went nearly daily to Naschmarkt, which is probably my favourite place in Vienna. The highlights of my stay there were the visits to the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory Augarten and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

In May I broke my shoulder so I was forced to slow down... and to think about my life and my work.

In June I went to Croatia with my dear friend Lea and my son. There, I made my first wooden board and a butter knife for my son in my father’s wood atelier. In Croatia, we went hiking through the national park Plitvice. My three year old had a lot of fun immersed in nature. He was hiking with us for about five hours and didn’t complain once.

We also went to the nearby islands Cres and Losinj which I can only recommend. I love the sparse landscape of Cres and the ethereal fragrance of the Losinj’s pine trees.

Back in Switzerland I still couldn’t work with clay because of my injured shoulder so I was spending many precious moments in the nearby woods and mountains. The post about quiet moments in the foggy wood is probably my favourite. I felt so close to nature and to my true self.

This summer I also opened my internet shop on Etsy. There will be a few updates soon so I hope to awake this sleeping beauty soon.

In autumnal October I inhaled the new favourite of mine, the steel blue, with my whole heart. Also, I finally made the transition from contemplating ceramics to creating ceramics. That is when I decided to start a daily challenge for the whole month of November – A Fish A Day Challenge.
A very talented Swedish potter who lives in Spain, Melker Hansson, joined me in this challenge. We actually did pull through our fishy challenge to the end and we gained some tremendously precious experience out of it.

In December I attended the Craftsman market in Bern with two of my friends. It was a new experience for me to present my work this way. We had direct interaction with our customers about our work. Also we had a lot of friends coming over and bringing us some hot spiced wine to lift our spirits.

Photo by Silvan Mahler for danci ceramics

Photo by Silvan Mahler  for danci ceramics

I wish you all a healthy, happy new year full of love and light. And for me and all the clay lovers out here I have to add: I wish you a year full of clay.