Sometimes I feel like the hobby queen. I’ve had many. I’m pretty decent at some of them. But not really spectacular.
I knit. I can follow a pattern and do almost anything. Except for the hexagon scarf Kelly and I picked as our winter challenge. Honestly, I get to the third row and screw it up completely! I’m stuck! And it sort of frustrates me. Just a little. I’m sure Kelly’s scarf will be lovely. My yarn will be turned into socks, I’m afraid!
I’m a glass artist. Or I was. I haven’t been fulfilling my requirements to maintain artist status! Once, I devoted the same time and energy that I do to Twitter to my torch. I could sit for hours and hours, playing with hot molten glass and an open flame. It’s exciting and fulfilling at the same time. I love the smooth feel of the glass rods and the colors of the glass.
I also fuse glass in my kiln. Again, smooth glass, bright colors. The 2000 degrees in the kiln melts everything together. It’s always a surprise when you open the kiln. Are you getting what you wanted? Or did the kiln gods throw in a little twist? Or did they just blow up your project!?
There comes a point in any hobby where you are producing more items than you can possible give away. That’s when people start telling you to sell it. The terrible thing about glass art is that it’s an expensive endeavor. Glass isn’t cheap, the equipment can be costly, kilns aren’t cheap and are necessary. Plus, your time.
Then you go to a craft store and see glass beads and fused glass pendants being sold for a pittance. You realize that no matter how you crunch the numbers you can never make a single penny if you sell your beads for $3.99. But that’s what your fellow shoppers come to expect. We’re all trying to save money, and glass baubles aren’t a priority.
And your hobby gets put aside. The kiln grows–and stays–cold. Dust forms on the once-smooth colorful glass rods. You feel a twinge of guilt when you walk past your work area, avoiding eye contact with your torch.
Then you find something else that fills your time. Something much more cost-effective! And you lose yourself in social media. Instead of colorful glass rods, you have smooth words. Instead of a flaming torch, you have your wicked wit. You’re no longer producing pretty glass baubles, instead you are writing blog posts that touch people in a different way. It’s not a cold glass bead or a pendant that warms against the skin the longer it is worn. You create with words, warming people instantly when you touch their hearts or make them laugh.
And so the hobby cycle goes…